Cusps and pseudocusps in strings with Y-junctions

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We study the occurrence of cuspy events on a light string stretched between two Y-junctions with fixed heavy strings. We first present an analytic study and give a solid criterion to discriminate between cuspy and noncuspy string configurations. We then describe a numerical code, built to test this analysis. Our numerical investigation allows us to look at the correlations between the string network's parameters and the occurrence of cuspy phenomena. We show that the presence of large-amplitude waves on the light string leads to cuspy events. We then relate the occurrence of cuspy events to features like the number of vibration modes on the string or the string's root-mean-square velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123517
JournalPhysical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2014


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