String radiative backreaction

R. A. Battye, E. P S Shellard

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    We discuss radiative backreaction for global strings described by the Kalb-Ramond action with an analogous derivation to that for the point electron in classical electrodynamics. We show how local corrections to the equations of motion allow one to separate the self-field of the string from that of the radiation field. Modifications to this "local backreaction approximation" circumvent the runaway solutions, allowing these corrections to be used to evolve string trajectories numerically. Comparisons are made with analytic and numerical radiation calculations from previous work and the merits and limitations of this approach are discussed. © 1995 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4354-4357
    Number of pages3
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


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