The collision and snapping of cosmic strings generating spherical impulsive gravitational waves
preprintposted on 2006-02-03, 11:48 authored by J. Podolsky, Jerry Griffiths
The Penrose method for constructing spherical impulsive gravitational waves is investigated in detail, including alternative spatial sections and an arbitrary cosmological constant. The resulting waves include those that are generated by a snapping cosmic string. The method is used to construct an explicit exact solution of Einstein’s equations describing the collision of two nonaligned cosmic strings in a Minkowski background which snap at their point of collision.
- Mathematical Sciences