Effects of the image universe on cosmic strings

Tannay Vachaspati, Craig J. Hogan, Martin Rees

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We investigate some of the cosmological effects of the gravitational attraction of straight cosmic strings that arises due to the conical geometry of the string. Although this effect is second order in Newton's gravitational constant, its effects in the early universe can be significant. We find that the image masses responsible for this second order attraction effectively "fill up" the volume deficit due to the conical geometry of a static straight string. A moving string also experiences a frictional force due to the images and this provides a mechanism for energy dissipation. The energy loss due to the image effect is comparable to the energy loss in gravitational radiation for strings on the size of the horizon scale but is probably not important when compared to the energy loss due to loop production. The image effect can also become important when a string comes close to a black hole. Our analysis of these effects is newtonian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 31 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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