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Physics  2011 

Orthogonal decomposition of Lorentz transformations

DOI: 10.1007/s10714-012-1489-2

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The canonical decomposition of a Lorentz algebra element into a sum of orthogonal simple (decomposable) Lorentz bivectors is discussed, as well as the decomposition of a proper orthochronous Lorentz transformation into a product of commuting Lorentz transformations, each of which is the exponential of a simple bivector. As an application, we obtain an alternative method of deriving the formulas for the exponential and logarithm for Lorentz transformations.


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