Superconducting cosmic strings

E. M. Chudnovsky, G. B. Field, David N. Spergel, A. Vilenkin

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Abstract

Superconducting loops of string formed in the early Universe, if they are relatively light, can be an important source of relativistic particles in the Galaxy. They can be observed as sources of synchrotron radiation at centimeter wavelengths. We propose a string model for two recently discovered radio sources, the thread in the galactic center and the source G357.7-0.1, and predict that the filaments in these sources should move at relativistic speeds. We also consider superheavy superconducting strings, and the possibility that they be observed as extragalactic radio sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-950
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Chudnovsky, E. M., Field, G. B., Spergel, D. N., & Vilenkin, A. (1986). Superconducting cosmic strings. Physical Review D, 34(4), 944-950. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.34.944