### cosmic string

(rent in spacetime)

A **cosmic string** is a line in space that is
a discontinuity of the universe's typical near-Euclidean geometry
of space-time. Theories were developed in the 1970s
about their formation in the early universe, their
explaining power regarding some observed phenomena
(specifically the clumping of matter),
and possible methods of detecting or verifying their existence.
Alternate explanations have become more popular
than their explaining power, apparently fitting
nicely with some observations, and there has been no
widely-recognized sign of their existence.

They are not the eponymous strings of **string theory**,
though string theory provides some theory behind them.
They are (theorized) "defects" in geometry as is
a black hole or wormhole. A circle
encircling a cosmic string would have less than 2π
circumference. They would (effectively) show gravity,
propagating from a line. Gravitational lensing by one
would create two full images, e.g., two views of the
same galaxy.

An activity occurring near the beginning of the universe,
symmetry breaking is considered a possible source
of cosmic string (one-dimensional) discontinuities, and also
a possible source of other kinds of such discontinuities
(topological defects),
**magnetic monopoles** (zero-dimensional),
**domain walls** (two-dimensional),
and **textures** (three-dimensional).

(*physics,relativity,gravity,theory,early universe*)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_string

**Referenced by:**

topological defect

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