Thomas rotation and the parametrization of the Lorentz transformation group

  title={Thomas rotation and the parametrization of the Lorentz transformation group},
  author={Abraham Albert Ungar},
  journal={Foundations of Physics Letters},
  • A. Ungar
  • Published 1 March 1988
  • Physics
  • Foundations of Physics Letters
Two successive pure Lorentz transformations are equivalent to a pure Lorentz transformation preceded by a 3×3 space rotation, called a Thomas rotation. When applied to the gyration of the rotation axis of a spinning mass, Thomas rotation gives rise to the well-knownThomas precession. A 3×3 parametric, unimodular, orthogonal matrix that represents the Thomas rotation is presented and studied. This matrix representation enables the Lorentz transformation group to be parametrized by two physical… 

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