Oscillons and domain walls

Hindmarsh, Mark and Salmi, Petja (2008) Oscillons and domain walls. Physical Review D, 77 (10). ISSN 1550-7998

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Abstract

Oscillons, extremely long-lived localized oscillations of a scalar field, are shown to be produced by evolving domain wall networks in phi(4) theory in two spatial dimensions. We study the oscillons in frequency space using the classical spectral function at zero momentum, and obtain that the velocity distribution is suppressed as gamma(-2) at large Lorentz factor gamma, with oscillons produced up to at least gamma similar to 10. This leads us to speculate that oscillons are produced at cusps, regions of the domain wall travelling near the speed of light. In order to gain some insight onto the dilute oscillon "gas" produced by the domain walls, we prepare a denser gas by filling the simulation volume with oscillons boosted in random directions. We finish the study by revisiting collisions between oscillons and between an oscillon and a domain wall, showing that in the latter case they can pass straight through with minimal distortion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article Number: 105025
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Mark Hindmarsh
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:27
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20678

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