Wiggly cosmic strings (and some applications to astrophysics)
Jake Gordin, FI
Weekly Theory Seminar.
Cosmic strings were originally proposed in the 1990s as possible seeds of structure formation. The idea was heavily disfavored by CMB measurements. In recent years, cosmic strings have seen a renewal of interest due to possible links to gravitational wave observations, astronomical puzzles, and mathematical links to string theory. In this talk I will give an introduction to cosmic strings. I will talk about the basics of some recent theoretical developments of what are called wiggly cosmic strings, and how bears on cosmic strings' observational prospects.
(The slides will be available here)