Cosmic strings and inflation

Ethan T. Vishniac, Keith A. Olive, David Seckel

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We examine the compatibility of inflation with the cosmic string theory for galaxy formation. There is a general conflict between having sufficient string tension to effect galaxy formation, and reheating after inflation to a high enough temperature that strings may form in a thermal phase transition. To escape this conflict, we propose a class of models where the inflaton is coupled to the string-producing field. The strings are formed late in inflation as the inflaton rolls towards its zero-temperature value. A large subset of these models have a novel large-scale distribution of galaxies that is fractal, displays biasing without dynamics or feedback mechanisms, and contains voids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-734
Number of pages18
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1987

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank N. Turok for useful conversations. The work of K.A.O. was supported in part by DOE grant DE-AC02-83ER-40/05 at the University of Minnesota.


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