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ERIC Number: EJ843943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
The Relativistic Wave Vector
Houlrik, Jens Madsen
European Journal of Physics, v30 n4 p777-783 Jul 2009
The Lorentz transformation applies directly to the kinematics of moving particles viewed as geometric points. Wave propagation, on the other hand, involves moving planes which are extended objects defined by simultaneity. By treating a plane wave as a geometric object moving at the phase velocity, novel results are obtained that illustrate the difference between wave and point kinematics. In particular, the so-called Carroll kinematics replaces Galilean relativity at low frame velocities when events are nonlocal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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