Defect Evolution in Cosmology and Condensed Matter

Quantitative Analysis with the Velocity-Dependent One-Scale Model

  • C.J.A.P. Martins

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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    Pages 1-10
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    Pages 11-27
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    Pages 29-51
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    Pages 53-77
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About this book


This book sheds new light on topological defects in widely differing systems, using the Velocity-Dependent One-Scale Model to better understand their evolution. Topological defects – cosmic strings, monopoles, domain walls or others - necessarily form at cosmological (and condensed matter) phase transitions. If they are stable and long-lived they will be fossil relics of higher-energy physics. Understanding their behaviour and consequences is a key part of any serious attempt to understand the universe, and this requires modelling their evolution. The velocity-dependent one-scale model is the only fully quantitative model of defect network evolution, and the canonical model in the field. This book provides a review of the model, explaining its physical content and describing its broad range of applicability.


Cosmic strings Cosmic superstrings Defect networks Domain wall evolution Field theory simulations Goto-Nambu simulations Magnetic monopoles Relics of higher energy Topological defects Topolotical defects in phase transitions

Authors and affiliations

  • C.J.A.P. Martins
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de AstrofisicaUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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