arXiv:astro-ph/9410097 31 Oct 1994
October 1994 MIT-CTP-2375BROWN-HET-971
Cosmic String Theory: The Current Status
Center for Theoretical PhysicsLaboratory for Nuclear ScienceMassachussetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Mass. 02139, USA.
This is a pedagogical introduction to the basics of the cosmic stringtheory and also a review of the recent progress made with respectto the macrophysical predictions of the theory. Topics covered in-clude, string formation and evolution, large scale structure formation,generation of peculiar velocity ﬂows, cosmic microwave background(CMB) ﬂuctuations, lensing, gravitationalwaves and constraints fromthe msec pulsar. Particular emphasis is placed on the signatures pre-dicted on the CMB and the corresponding non-gaussian features.
Based on four lectures presented at the Trieste 1994 Summer School for Particle Physics and Cosmology. To appear in theSchool Proceedings.
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