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Relativistic elastodynamics of self-gravitating foliations

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/1988
<mark>Journal</mark>Classical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number6
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)849-860
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Smooth distributions of self-gravitating strings and membranes are modelled by foliating chains. A stress tensor is devised that ensures each leaf is an extremal immersion in a spacetime metric determined self-consistently from Einstein's equations. Cosmological solutions are described leading to anisotropies that offer a mechanism of dynamical dimensional reduction.