The stochastic gravitational wave spectrum resulting from cosmic string evolution

Frank S. Accetta, Lawrence M. Krauss

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We evaluate in quantitative detail the spectrum of the stochastic background of gravitational waves resulting from cosmic string scenarios for the formation of large-scale structure. Motivated by recent detailed numerical results our formalism is appropriate to a wide spectrum of possibilities for the exact form of the primordial cosmic string distribution function. In light of our results we are able to re-examine the current constraints on cosmic string scenarios arising from searches for such a string generated gravitational background. Both the millisecond pulsar, and nucleosynthesis bounds are strongly reduced compared to earlier estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-764
Number of pages18
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 19 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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