We show that the minimal supergravity extension of the standard model automatically contains topologically stable electroweak strings if the hidden sector is invariant under the exact R-symmetry. These defects appear in the form of the semiglobal R-strings, which necessarily carry Z-flux inside their core. This result is independent from the particular structure of the hidden sector. Discussed strings differ fundamentally from the embedded Z-strings. If R-symmetry is explicitly broken (e.g. due to an anomaly), the decay of the semiglobal strings may have important implications for the baryogenesis.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics