This book is the first comprehensive and coherent introduction to the role of cosmic strings and other topological defects in the universe. After an introduction to standard cosmological theory and the theory of phase transitions in the early universe, the book then describes, in turn, the properties, formation, and cosmological implications of cosmic strings, monopoles, domain walls and textures. It concludes with a chapter considering the role of topological defects in inflationary universe models.
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Introduction; 2. Phase transitions in the early universe; 3. Topological defects; 4. String field theory; 5. Superconducting strings; 6. String dynamics; 7. String gravity; 8. String interactions; 9. String evolution; 10. Cosmological implications of strings; 11. Structure formation with strings; 12. Cosmology of superconducting and global strings; 13. Domain walls; 14. Monopoles; 15. Textures; 16. Topological defects and inflation; References; Index.