Representation-Free Calculations in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

  title={Representation-Free Calculations in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics},
  author={M. Ross},
  • M. Ross
  • Published 1986
  • Physics
  • It was shown by Pauli that expectation values in relati- vistic quantum mechanics for spin-1/2 particles are independent of the representation chosen for the Dirac matrices. In this paper we extend and generalize the works of Eddington, Sauter, Riesz, and Teitler to show that these expectation values may be calculated without choosing any representation for the Dirac matrices. This is done by replacing the column spinor wave function by a square matrix to obtain an equation which is similar but… CONTINUE READING
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