The European Physical Journal C

, Volume 65, Issue 3–4, pp 607–614 | Cite as

Non-relativistic conformal symmetries in fluid mechanics

  • Pengming Zhang
  • P. A. HorváthyEmail author
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


The symmetries of a free incompressible fluid span the Galilei group, augmented with independent dilations of space and time. When the fluid is compressible, the symmetry is enlarged to the expanded Schrödinger group, which also involves, in addition, Schrödinger expansions. While incompressible fluid dynamics can be derived as an appropriate non-relativistic limit of a conformally invariant relativistic theory, the recently discussed conformal Galilei group, obtained by contraction from the relativistic conformal group, is not a symmetry. This is explained by the subtleties of the non-relativistic limit.


Euler Equation High Energy Phys Conformal Group Dynamical Exponent Special Conformal Transformation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Modern PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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