The effect of Schwarzschild field on spin 1/2 particles compared to the effect of a uniformly accelerating frame

Katalin Varjú, Lewis H. Ryder

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The Dirac Hamiltonian is calculated in the Schwarzschild space and compared to the analogous one in a uniformly accelerating Minkowski frame yielding a test of the equivalence principle. Comparing these Hamiltonians, we see that the flat-space energy-mass terms and their redshifted forms are the same in the two cases, but the coefficient of the spin-orbit coupling term is different and an additional term appears in the gravitational case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - dec. 28 1998


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