Non-divergence of gravitational self interactions for Nambu-Goto strings

Brandon Carter, Richard A. Battye

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    The classical linearised gravitational self interaction of a Nambu-Goto string is examined in four spacetime dimensions. Using a conveniently gauge independent tensorial treatment, the divergent part of the self-force is shown to be exactly zero. This is due to cancellation by a contribution that was neglected in the previous treatments. This result has implications for many applications. © 1998 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-53
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysics Letters. Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 1998


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