Foundations of Physics

, Volume 11, Issue 11–12, pp 873–880 | Cite as

Thomas precession and the operational meaning of the Lorentz-group elements

  • J. Balog
  • P. Hraskó


When space-reflection and time-reversal symmetries are broken, the Thomas precession formulas derived by Thomas' method and from the BMT equation differ from each other. This apparent contradiction is resolved by pointing out that the breakdown of discrete symmetries may lead to a change in the operational meaning of the Lorentz-group elements.


Discrete Symmetry Apparent Contradiction Operational Meaning Thomas Precession Precession Formula 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Balog
    • 1
  • P. Hraskó
    • 2
  1. 1.Roland Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Central Research Institute for PhysicsBudapestHungary

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