Special Relativity pp 45-111

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 702)

Algebraic and Geometric Structures in Special Relativity

  • D. Giulini

Abstract

I review, on an advanced level, some of the algebraic and geometric structures that underlie the theory of Special Relativity. This includes a discussion of relativity as a symmetry principle, derivations of the Lorentz group, its composition law, its Lie algebra, comparison with the Galilei group, Einstein synchronization, the lattice of causally and chronologically complete regions in Minkowski space, rigid motion, and the geometry of rotating reference frames. Representation-theoretic aspects of the Lorentz group are not included. A series of appendices present some related mathematical material.

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  1. 1.Physikalisches Institut der Universität Freiburg Hermann–Herder–Straße 3FreiburgGermany

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