Thomas precession and the operational meaning of the Lorentz-group elements
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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.
KeywordsDiscrete Symmetry Apparent Contradiction Operational Meaning Thomas Precession Precession Formula
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