Relativistic velocity space, Wigner rotation, and Thomas precession

@article{Rhodes2004RelativisticVS,
  title={Relativistic velocity space, Wigner rotation, and Thomas precession},
  author={J. Rhodes and Mark D. Semon},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  year={2004},
  volume={72},
  pages={943-960}
}
  • J. Rhodes, Mark D. Semon
  • Published 2004
  • Physics, Mathematics
  • American Journal of Physics
  • We develop a relativistic velocity space called rapidity space from the single assumption of Lorentz invariance, and use it to visualize and calculate effects resulting from the successive application of non-collinear Lorentz boosts. In particular, we show how rapidity space provides a geometric approach to Wigner rotation and Thomas precession in the same way that space–time provides a geometrical approach to kinematic effects in special relativity. 
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