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Dynamics of Cosmological phase transitions: What can we learn from condensed matter physics?

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

Abstract

A brief outline is given of the description of phase transition kinetics in condensed matter systems with a continuous symmetry, emphasising the roles of dissipation, coarse-graining and scaling. The possible relevance of these ideas to the early universe is explored in the contexts of the GUT string transition and the electroweak transition.

Keywords

Domain Wall Gauge Field Spinodal Decomposition Topological Defect Grand Unify Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Goldenfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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