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Journal Articles Physical Review D Year : 2008

On the Collision of Cosmic Superstrings

E.J. Copeland
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H. Firouzjahi
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T.W.B. Kibble
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D.A. Steer
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We study the formation of three-string junctions between (p,q)-cosmic superstrings, and collisions between such strings and show that kinematic constraints analogous to those found previously for collisions of Nambu-Goto strings apply here too, with suitable modifications to take account of the additional requirements of flux conservation. We examine in detail several examples involving collisions between strings with low values of p and q, and also examine the rates of growth or shrinkage of strings at a junction. Finally, we briefly discuss the formation of junctions for strings in a warped space, specifically with a Klebanov-Strassler throat, and show that similar constraints still apply with changes to the parameters taking account of the warping and the background flux.

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in2p3-00194871 , version 1 (07-12-2007)



E.J. Copeland, H. Firouzjahi, T.W.B. Kibble, D.A. Steer. On the Collision of Cosmic Superstrings. Physical Review D, 2008, 77, pp.063521. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.77.063521⟩. ⟨in2p3-00194871⟩
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