Thomas rotation and Thomas precession

Tamás Matolcsi, M. Matolcsi

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Abstract

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
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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Keywords

  • Gyroscope
  • Thomas precession
  • Thomas rotation

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Thomas rotation and Thomas precession. / Matolcsi, Tamás; Matolcsi, M.

In: International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.2005, p. 63-77.

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