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Lecture Notes CONTENTS |
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Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF) |
Chapter 2: Algebraic Preliminaries (PDF) |
2.1 Groups 2.2 The geometry of the three-dimensional rotation group. The Rodrigues-Hamilton theorem 2.3 The n-dimensional vector space V(n) 2.4 How to multiply vectors? Heuristic considerations 2.5 A short survey of linear groups 2.6 The unimodular group SL(n, R) and the invariance of volume 2.7 On “alias” and “alibi”. The Object Group |
Chapter 3: The Lorentz Group and the Pauli Algebra (PDF) |
3.1 Introduction 3.2 The corpuscular aspects of light 3.3 On circular and hyperbolic rotations 3.4 The Pauli Algebra |
Chapter 4: Pauli Algebra and Electrodynamics (PDF) |
4.1 Lorentz transformation and Lorentz force 4.2 The Free Maxwell Field |
Chapter 5: Spinor Calculus (PDF) |
5.1 From triads and Euler angles to spinors. A heuristic introduction 5.2 Rigid Body Rotation 5.3 Polarized light 5.4 Relativistic triads and spinors. A preliminary discussion 5.5 Review of SU(2) and preview of quantization |
Supplementary Material on the Pauli Algebra (PDF) |
A.1 Useful formulas A.2 Lorentz invariance and bilateral multiplication A.3 Typical Examples A.4 On the us of Involutions A.5 On Parameterization and Integration |
Homework Assignments (PDF) |
References (PDF) |