A straightforward method for deriving the Fermi–Walker transport law

Krzysztof Rębilas


A mathematically and conceptually simple approach that allows one to recover the Fermi–Walker transport law is proposed. The method is based on defining the Fermi–Walker transport law as the one for which the moving vector undergoes in its instantaneous rest frame only an infinitesimal Lorentz boost. The general Lorentz boosts are represented by 3 × 3 matrices, which significantly simplifies calculations. Also, a comment elucidating that the celebrated formula for the Thomas precession rate is not directly encapsulated in the expression representing this law is provided.
Author Krzysztof Rębilas (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Krzysztof Rębilas,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
Journal seriesEuropean Journal of Physics, ISSN 0143-0807, e-ISSN 1361-6404, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishFermi-Walker transport, General relativity, Thomas precession
ASJC Classification3100 General Physics and Astronomy
URL https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6404/aaff32
Internal identifierWRE/2019/32
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
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