Formation and Interactions of Topological Defects

Proceedings of a NATO Advanced Study Institute on Formation and Interactions of Topological Defects, held August 22–September 2, 1994, in Cambridge, England

  • Anne-Christine Davis
  • Robert Brandenberger

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 349)

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About this book


Topological defects have recently become of great interest in condensed matter physics, particle physics and cosmology. They are the unavoidable remnants of many symmetry breaking phase transitions. Topological defects can play an important role in describing the properties of many condensed matter systems (e.g. superfluids and superconduc­ tors); they can catalyze many unusual effects in particle physics models and they may be responsible for seeding the density perturbations in the early Universe which de­ velop into galaxies and the large-scale structure of the Universe. Topological defects are also of great interest in mathematics as nontrivial solutions of nonlinear differential equations stabilized by topological effects. The purpose of the Advanced Study Institute "Formation and Interactions of Topo­ logical Defects" was to bring together students and practitioners in condensed matter physics, particle physics and cosmology, to give a detailed exposition of the role of topo­ logical defects in these fields; to explore similarities and differences in the approaches; and to provide a common basis for discussion and future collaborative research on common problems.


Universe cosmology density differential equation experiment fields geometry kinetics mechanics nonlinear differential equation particle physics physics scattering statistical mechanics symmetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne-Christine Davis
    • 1
  • Robert Brandenberger
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeEngland
  2. 2.Brown UniversityProvidenceRhode Island

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5767-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1883-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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