## Abstract

We study a solution of Einstein’s equations that describes a straight cosmic string with a variable angular deficit, starting with a 2π deficit at the core. We show that the coordinate singularity associated with this defect can be interpreted as a traversable wormhole lodging at the core of the string. A negative energy density gradually decreases the angular deficit as the distance from the core increases, ending, at radial infinity, in a Minkowski spacetime. The negative energy density can be confined to a small transversal section of the string by gluing to it an exterior Gott-like solution that freezes the angular deficit existing at the matching border. The equation of state of the string is such that any massive particle may stay at rest anywhere in this spacetime. In this sense this is a [Formula presented] spacetime solution. A generalization that includes the existence of two interacting parallel wormholes is displayed. These wormholes are not traversable. Finally, we point out that a similar result, flat at infinity and with a 2π defect (or excess) at the core, has been recently published by Dyer and Marleau. Even though theirs is a local string fully coupled to gravity, our toy model captures important aspects of this solution.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 6607-6614 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology |

Volume | 56 |

Issue number | 10 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1997 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)