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Physical Review D 83 (2011) 122004
Search for cosmic strings in the COSMOS survey
J. L. Christiansen, E. Albin, T. Fletcher, J. Goldman, I. P. W. Teng, M. Foley, G.F. Smoot1

We search the COSMOS survey for pairs of galaxies consistent with the gravitational lensing signature of a cosmic string. The COSMOS survey imaged 1.64 square degrees using the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. Our technique includes estimates of the efficiency for finding the lensed galaxy pair. We find no evidence for cosmic strings with a mass per unit length of Gμ/c2<3.0×10-7 out to redshifts greater than 0.6 and set 95% upper limits. This corresponds to a global 95% upper limit of Ωstrings<0.0028.
1 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
APC - Cosmologie et Gravitation
Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique

Physique/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique
Particle-theory and field-theory models of the early Universe
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