Wigner rotations and little groups


Baskal S.

ACTA PHYSICA HUNGARICA NEW SERIES-HEAVY ION PHYSICS, cilt.19, ss.273-276, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 19
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1556/aph.19.2004.3-4.20
  • Dergi Adı: ACTA PHYSICA HUNGARICA NEW SERIES-HEAVY ION PHYSICS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.273-276

Özet

Wigner's little groups are the subgroups of the Poincare group whose transformations leave the four-momentum of a given particle invariant. For a, relativistic particle in motion the little group is a boosted rotation. On the other hand, the kinematical effect of two non-colinear Lorentz boosts is another boost preceded or followed by a rotation, which is called the Wigner rotation. It is shown that there is always a Wigner rotation for a given little group rotation. The differences between those two rotations are clearly demonstrated and some interesting physical applications are presented.