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Luis M. A. Bettencourt, T. S. Evans and R. J. Rivers, "Winding number correlation functions and cosmic string formation", Physical Review D, vol. 53, pp. 668-680, 1996


We develop winding number correlation functions that allow us to assess the role of field fluctuations on vortex formation in an Abelian gauge theory. We compute the behavior of these correlation functions in simple circumstances and show how fluctuations are important in the vicinity of the phase transition. We further show that, in our approximation, the emerging population of long or infinite string is produced by the classical dynamics of the fields alone, being essentially unaffected by field fluctuations.

BibTeX Entry

author = {Luis M. A. Bettencourt and T. S. Evans and R. J. Rivers},
title = {Winding number correlation functions and cosmic string formation},
year = {1996},
journal = {Physical Review D},
volume = {53},
pages = {668-680}