Thomas rotation and Thomas precession

Tamás Matolcsi, Máté Matolcsi

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Exact and simple calculation of Thomas rotation and Thomas precessions along a circular world line is presented in an absolute (coordinate-free) formulation of special relativity. A straightforward derivation of the Fermi-Walker equation is also given. Besides the simplicity of calculations the absolute treatment of spacetime allows us to make a clear conceptual distinction between the phenomena of Thomas rotation and Thomas precession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Theoretical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005



  • Gyroscope
  • Thomas precession
  • Thomas rotation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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