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#### On the gravitational, dilatonic and axionic radiative damping of cosmic strings

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gr-qc_9801105.pdf

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PhysRevD.60_023517.pdf

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##### Citation

Buonanno, A., & Damour, T. (1999). On the gravitational, dilatonic and axionic
radiative damping of cosmic strings.* Physical Review D,* *60*:
023517. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.60.023517.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-BDD9-A

##### Abstract

We study the radiation reaction on cosmic strings due to the emission of
dilatonic, gravitational and axionic waves. After verifying the (on average)
conservative nature of the time-symmetric self-interactions, we concentrate on
the finite radiation damping force associated with the half-retarded minus
half-advanced ``reactive'' fields. We revisit a recent proposal of using a
``local back reaction approximation'' for the reactive fields. Using
dimensional continuation as convenient technical tool, we find, contrary to
previous claims, that this proposal leads to antidamping in the case of the
axionic field, and to zero (integrated) damping in the case of the
gravitational field. One gets normal positive damping only in the case of the
dilatonic field. We propose to use a suitably modified version of the local
dilatonic radiation reaction as a substitute for the exact (non-local)
gravitational radiation reaction. The incorporation of such a local
approximation to gravitational radiation reaction should allow one to complete,
in a computationally non-intensive way, string network simulations and to give
better estimates of the amount and spectrum of gravitational radiation emitted
by a cosmologically evolving network of massive strings.