JHEPGC  Vol.4 No.1 , January 2018
Thomas Precession by Uniform Acceleration and Gravity
Author(s) Miroslav Pardy
ABSTRACT
We determine nonlinear transformations between coordinate systems which are mutually in a constant symmetrical accelerated motion. The maximal acceleration limit follows from the kinematical origin and it is an analogue of the maximal velocity in special relativity. We derive the dependence of mass, length, time, Doppler effect, Cerenkov effect and transition radiation angle on acceleration as an analogue phenomenon in special theory of relativity. The last application of our method is the Thomas precession by uniform acceleration and equivalent gravity with the possible role in modern physics and cosmology.

1. Introduction

Thomas precession, named after Llewellyn Thomas, is a relativistic motion of a particle following a curvilinear orbit. Algebraically, it is a result of the non-commutativity of Lorenz transformations. Thomas precession is a kinematic effect in the flat spacetime of speciál relativity. This rotation is called Thomas rotation, Thomas and Wigner rotation or Wigner rotation. The rotation was discovered by Thomas [1] in 1926 and derived by Wigner [2] in 1939. If a sequence of non-collinear boosts returns an object to its initial velocity, then the sequence of Wigner rotations can combine to produce a net rotation called the Thomas precession as it was shown by Rhodes [3] .

Thomas precession is always accompanied by dynamical effects [4] . We calculate here Thomas precession caused by accelerated motion of the systems. In other words we show that Thomas precession can be initiated by acceleration of a point particle. The problem of acceleration of charged particles or systems of particles is the permanent and the most prestige problem in the accelerator physics. Particles can be accelerated by different ways, usually by the classical electromagnetic fields, or, by light pressure of the laser fields [5] [6] [7] [8] . The latter method is the permanent problem of the laser physics for many years.

Here, we determine transformations between coordinate systems which move mutually with the same acceleration. We determine transformations between non relativistic and relativistic uniformly accelerated systems.

Let us remind, at first, some ingredients of the special theory of relativity velocity and acceleration. The Lorentz transformation between two inertial coordinate systems S ( 0 , x , y , z ) and S ( 0 , x , y , z ) (where system S moves in such a way that x-axes converge, while y and z-axes run parallel and at time t = t = 0 for the origin of the systems O and O' it is O O ) is as follows:

x = γ ( v ) ( x v t ) , y = y , z = z , d t = γ ( v ) ( t v c 2 x ) (1)

where

γ ( v ) = ( 1 v 2 c 2 ) 1 2 . (2)

The infinitesimal form of this transformation is evidently given by differentiation of the every equation. Or,

d x = γ ( v ) ( d x v d t ) , d y = d y , d z = d z , d t = γ ( v ) ( d t v c 2 d x ) . (3)

It follows from Equations (3) that if v 1 is velocity of the inertial system 1 with regard to S and v 2 is the velocity of the inertial systems 2 with regard to 1, then the relativistic sum of the two velocities is

v 1 v 2 = v 1 + v 2 1 + v 1 v 2 c 2 . (4)

The infinitesimal form of Lorentz transformation (3) evidently gives the Lorentz length contraction and time dilation. Namely, if we put dt = 0 in the first equation of system (3), then the Lorentz length contraction follows in the infinitesimal form d x = γ ( v ) d x . Or, in other words, if in the system S' the infinitesimal length is dx', then the relative length with regard to the system S is γ 1 d x . Similarly, from the last equation of (3) it follows the time dilatation for dx = 0. Historical view on this effect is in the Selleri article [9] .

2. Uniformly Accelerated Frames with Space-Time Symmetry

Let us take two systems S ( 0 , x , y , z ) and S ( 0 , x , y , z ) , where system S' moves in such a way that x-axes converge, while y and z-axes run parallel and at time t = t = 0 for the beginning of the systems O and O' it is O O . Let us suppose that system S' moves relative to some basic system B with acceleration a/2 and system S' moves relative to system B with acceleration −a/2. It means that both systems moves one another with acceleration a and are equivalent because in every system it is possibly to observe the force caused by the acceleration a/2. In other words no system is inertial.

Now, let us consider the formal transformation equations between two systems. At this moment we give to this transform only formal meaning because at this time, the physical meaning of such transformation is not known. On the other hand, the consequences of the transformation will be shown very interesting. The first published derivation of such transformation by the standard way was given by author Pardy [10] [11] , and the same transformations were submitted some decades ago [12] . The old results can be obtained if we perform transformation

t t 2 , t t 2 , v 1 2 a , c 1 2 α (5)

in the original Lorentz transformation (1). We get:

x = Γ ( a ) ( x 1 2 a t 2 ) , y = y , z = z , t 2 = Γ ( a ) ( t 2 2 a α 2 x ) (6)

with

Γ ( a ) = 1 1 a 2 α 2 . (7)

We used practically new denotation of variables in order to get the transformation (6) between accelerated systems. The transformations (6) form the one-parametric group with the parameter a. The proof of this mathematical statement can be easy performed if we perform the transformation T 1 from S to S', transformation T 2 from S' to S' and transformation T 3 from S to S''. Or,

x = x ( x , t ; a 1 ) , t = t ( x , t ; a 1 ) , (8)

x = ( x , t ; a 2 ) , t = t ( x , t ; a 2 ) . (9)

After insertion of transformations (8) into (9), we get

x = x ( x , t ; a 3 ) , t = t ( x , t ; a 3 ) , (10)

where parameter a 3 is equal to

a 3 = a 1 + a 2 1 + a 1 a 2 α 2 . (11)

The inverse parameter is −a and parameter for identity is a = 0. It may be easy to verify that the final relation for the definition of the continuous group transformation is valid for our transformation. According to Eisenhart [13] :

( T 3 T 2 ) T 1 = T 3 ( T 2 T 1 ) . (12)

The physical interpretation of this nonlinear transformation is the same as in the case of the Lorentz transformation only the physical interpretation of the invariant function x = ( 1 / 2 ) α t 2 is different. Namely it can be expressed by the statement: if there is a physical signal in the system S with the law x = ( 1 / 2 ) α t 2 , then in the system S' the law of the process is x = ( 1 / 2 ) α t 2 , where α is the constant of maximal acceleration. It is new constant and cannot be constructed from the known physical constants.

Let us remark, that it follows from history of physics, that Lorentz transformation was taken first as physically meaningless mathematical object by Larmor, Voigt and Lorentz and later only Einstein decided to put the physical meaning to this transformation and to the invariant function x = ct. We hope that the derived transformation will appear as physically meaningful.

Using relations t t 2 , t t 2 , v 1 2 a , c 1 2 α , the nonlinear transfor-

mation is expressed as the Lorentz transformation forming the one-parametric group. This proof is equivalent to the proof by the above direct calculation. The integral part of the group properties is the so called addition theorem for acceleration.

a 3 = a 1 + a 2 1 + a 1 a 2 α 2 (13)

where a 1 is the acceleration of the S' with regard to the system S, a 2 is the acceleration of the system S'' with regard to the system S' and a 3 is the acceleration of the system S'' with regard to the system S. The relation (13) expresses the law of acceleration addition theorem on the understanding that the events are marked according to the relation (6).

If a 1 = a 2 = a 3 = = a i = a , for i-th accelerated carts which rolls in such a way that the first cart rolls on the basic cart, the second rolls on the first cart and so on, then we get for the sum of i accelerated carts the following formula

a s u m = 1 ( 1 a / α 1 + a / α ) i 1 + ( 1 a / α 1 + a / α ) i (14)

which is an analogue of the formula for the inertial systems of Lightman et al. [14] .

In this formula as well as in the transformation Equation (6) appears constant α which cannot be calculated from the theoretical considerations, or, constructed from the known physical constants (in analogy with the velocity of light). What is its magnitude can be established only by experiments. The notion maximal acceleration was introduced some decades ago by Pardy [12] . Caianiello [15] in 1981 introduced it as some consequence of quantum mechanics and theory of fluctuations. Revisiting view on the maximal acceleration was given by Papini [16] in 2003. At present time it was argued by Lambiase et al. [17] that maximal acceleration determines the upper limit of the Higgs boson and that it gives also the relation which links the mass of W boson with the mass of the Higgs boson. The LHC and HERA experiments presented different answer to this problem.

3. Dependence of Mass, Length, Time, the Doppler Effect, the Čerenkov Effect and the Transition Radiation Angle on Acceleration

If the maximal acceleration is the physical reality, then it should have the similar consequences in a dynamics as the maximal velocity of motion has consequences in the dependence of mass on velocity. We can suppose in analogy with the special relativity that mass depends on the acceleration for small velocities, in the similar way as it depends on velocity in case of uniform motion. Of course such assumption must be experimentally verified and in no case it follows from special theory of relativity, or, general theory of relativity of Fok [18] interpretation. So, we postulate ad hoc, in analogy with special theory of relativity:

m ( a ) = m 0 1 a 2 α 2 ; v c , a = d v / d t . (15)

Let us derive as an example the law of motion when the constant force F acts on the body with the rest mass m0. Then, the Newton law reads [19] :

F = d p d t = m 0 d d t v 1 a 2 α 2 . (16)

The first integral of this equation can be written in the form:

F t m 0 = v 1 a 2 α 2 ; a = d v / d t , F = const . (17)

Let us introduce quantities

v = y , a = y , A ( t ) = F 2 t 2 m 0 2 α 2 . (18)

Then, the quadratic form of the Equation (17) can be written as the following differential equation:

A ( t ) y 2 + y 2 A ( t ) α 2 = 0 (19)

which is nonlinear differential equation of the first order. The solution of it is of the form y = Dt, where D is some constant, which can be easily determined. Then, we have the solution in the form:

y = v = D t = t m 0 2 F 2 + 1 α 2 . (20)

For F , we get v = αt. This relation can play substantial role at the beginning of the big-bang, where the accelerating forces can be considered as infinite, however the law of acceleration has finite nonsingular form.

At this moment it is not clear if the dependence of the mass on acceleration can be related to the energy dependence on acceleration similarly to the Einstein relation uniting energy, mass and velocity [20] [21] .

The infinitesimal form of author transformation (6) evidently gives the length contraction and time dilation. Namely, if we put dt = 0 in the first equation of system (6), then the length contraction follows in the infinitesimal form d x = Γ ( a ) d x .

Or, in other words, if in the systém S' the infinitesimal length is dx', then the relative length with regard to the system S is Γ 1 d x .

Similarly, from the last Equation of (6) it follows the time dilatation for dx = 0. The relativistic Doppler Effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, cause by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler Effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity.

The relativistic Doppler Effect is different from the non-relativistic Doppler Effect as the equations include the time dilation effect of special relativity and do not involve the medium of propagation as a reference point [22] .

The Doppler shift caused by acceleration can be also derived immediately from the originál relativistic equations for the Doppler shift. We only make the transformation v a / 2 , c α / 2 to get

λ λ = 1 a / α 1 + a / α (21)

when the photons of the wave length λ are measured toward photon source, and

λ λ = 1 + a / α 1 a / α (22)

when the photons of the wave length λ are measured in the frame that is moving away from the photon source. Different approach used Friedman et al. [23] in 2010.

Concerning the Čerenkov radiation, it is based on the fact that the speed of light in the medium with the index of refraction n is c/n. A charged particle moving in such medium can have the speed greater than it is the speed of light in this medium. When a charged particle moves faster than the speed of light in this medium, a portion of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by excited atom along the path of the particle is coherent. The coherent radiation is emitted at a fixed angle with respect to the particle trajectory. This radiation was observed by Čerenkov in 1935. The characteristic angle was derived by Tamm and Frank in the form [22]

cos θ = c v n . (23)

The Čerenkov angle caused by acceleration can be also derived immediately from the originál Frank-Tamm equations for this effect. We only make the transformation v a / 2 , c α / 2 to get

cos θ = α a n . (24)

In case of the Ginzburg transition radiation, the radiation in concentrated in the angle

1 γ = 1 1 v 2 c 2 . (25)

The transition radiation angle caused by acceleration can be also derived immediately from the original Ginzburg formula for this effect. We only make the transformation v a / 2 , c α / 2 to get

1 Γ = 1 1 a 2 α 2 . (26)

Let us remark that all formulas derived in this section involving the uniform acceleration a can be used for the uniform equivalent gravity according to the principle of equivalence.

4. Thomas Precession in Uniformly Accelerated Systém

With regard to the fact that new results in uniformly accelerated systems can be obtained from the old relativistic results having the form of the mathematical objects involving function f(v/c) we use this algorithm to derive the Thomas angle from original relativistic angle with transformation t t 2 , t t 2 , v a / 2 , c α / 2 . However, let us at first remind the relativistic derivation of the Thomas angle. So, let us consider the inverse transformations of (6) with T 1 from S to S' with velocity v||x, transformation T 2 from S' to S'' with velocity u||y and transformation T 3 from S to S+ with velocity v u where mathematical symbol is the expression for the relativistic addition of the velocities v, u.

Then S = S + , if S + is turned in the x-y plane with angle φ, which is given by the formula [24] :

φ = arctan u v ( 1 u 2 c 2 1 v 2 c 2 1 ) u 2 1 v 2 c 2 + v 2 1 u 2 c 2 . (27)

To see it let us perform the transformations properly. Let be S S , v = ( v , 0 , 0 ) , transformation. Or,

x = γ v ( x + v t ) , y = y , t = γ v ( t + v c 2 x ) ; γ v = ( 1 v 2 c 2 ) 1 / 2 . (28)

Then, let be S S , u = ( 0 , u , 0 ) . Or,

x = x , y = γ u ( y + u t ) , t = γ u ( t + u c 2 y ) ; γ u = ( 1 u 2 c 2 ) 1 / 2 . (29)

The transformation from S to S is S S . Or,

x = γ v x + γ v γ u v u c 2 y + γ v γ u v t , y = γ u y + γ u u t (30)

t = γ v v c 2 x + γ v γ u u c 2 y + γ v γ u t . (31)

Now, let us perform transformation from S to S + , where S + moves with regard to S with velocity, which is the relativistic sum of v and u, which is the velocity v u . Or, using formula [25]

k = v u = v + u + ( γ v 1 ) v v 2 [ v u + v 2 ] γ v ( 1 + v u c 2 ) (32)

we get

k = v u = ( v , u γ k , 0 ) ; γ k = ( 1 k 2 c 2 ) 1 / 2 . (33)

Then we have for radius vector r and time t we have transformations [25] :

r ˜ = r + + k t + + ( γ k 1 ) k k 2 [ k r + + k 2 t + ] (34)

and

t ˜ = γ k ( t + + k r c 2 ) . (35)

The t-transformation (35) can be expressed in variables t + , x + , y + as follows:

t ˜ = γ k t + + γ k v c 2 x + + γ u γ v u c 2 y + . (36)

The last equation can be compared with the time transformation from S to S'', which is

t = γ v γ u t + γ v v c 2 x + γ v γ u u c 2 y . (37)

Using γ k = γ v γ u , we get two transformation of time following from Equations (31) and (36):

S S : t = γ k t + γ v v c 2 x + γ k u c 2 y (38)

S S + : t = γ k t + + γ v v c 2 x + + γ k u c 2 y + . (39)

Now, let us perform rotation

x = x + cos φ + y + sin φ , y = x + sin φ + y + cos φ . (40)

Then Equation (39) is identical with Equation (40), if the angle φ is determined by equation

φ = arctan ( 1 γ v γ u ) v u γ v v 2 + γ u u 2 . (41)

The angle of rotation (41) is so called the Thomas angle of so called Thomas precession. With regard to the derived transformation of quantities u, v, c to the uniformly accelerated system, or, v a / 2 , u w / 2 , c α / 2 , we get immediately from the last formula (41) the Thomas precession angle:

φ = arctan a w ( 1 a 2 α 2 1 w 2 α 2 1 ) a 2 1 w 2 α 2 + w 2 1 a 2 α 2 (42)

which has the physical meaning of the Thomas precession caused by uniform acceleration.

The last formula with uniform acceleration a and w can be used for the uniform equivalent gravity according to the principle of equivalence. It is not excluded that this formula will play the crucial role in modern physics with application for LHC in CERN.

5. Discussion

The maximal acceleration constant which was derived here is kinematic one and it differs from the Caianiello [15] definition following from quantum mechanics. Our constant cannot be determined by the system of other physical constants. It is an analogue of the numeric velocity of light which cannot be composed from other physical constants, or, the Heisenberg fundamental length in particle physics.

The nonlinear transformations (13) changes the Minkowski metric

d s 2 = c 2 d t 2 d x 2 d y 2 d z 2 (43)

to the new metric with the Riemann form. Namely:

d s 2 = a 2 t 2 d t 2 d x 2 d y 2 d z 2 (44)

and it can be investigated by the methods of differential geometry. So, Equations (6) and (44) can form the preamble to investigation of accelerated systems.

If some experiments will confirm the existence of kinematical maximal acceleration α, then it will have certainly crucial consequences for Einstein theory of gravity because this theory does not involve this factor. Also the cosmological theories constructed on the basis of the originál Einstein equations will require modifications. The so called Hubble constant will be changed and the scenario of the accelerating universe will be modified.

Also the standard model of particle physics and supersymmetry theory will require generalization because they do not involve the maximal acceleration constant. It is not excluded that also the theory of parity nonconservation will be modified by the maximal acceleration constant. In such a way the particle laboratories have perspective applications involving the physics with maximal acceleration. Many new results can be obtained from the old relativistic results having the form of the mathematical objects involving function f(v/c). The derived formulas with uniform acceleration a and w can be applied and verified in case of the uniform equivalent gravity according to the principle of equivalence.

The prestige problem in the modern theoretical physics―the theory of the Unruh effect, or, the existence of thermal radiation detected by accelerated observer―is in the development [26] and the serious statement, or comment to the relation of this effect to the maximal acceleration must be elaborated. The analogical statement is valid for the Hawking effect in the theory of black holes.

It is not excluded that the maximal acceleration constant will be discovered by ILC. The unique feature of the International Linear Collider (ILC) is the fact that its CM energy can be increased gradually simply by extending the main linac.

Let us remark in conclusion that it is possible to extend and modify quantum field theory by maximal acceleration. It is not excluded that the kinematic maximal acceleration constant will enable to reformulate the theory of renormalization.

Cite this paper
Pardy, M. (2018) Thomas Precession by Uniform Acceleration and Gravity. Journal of High Energy Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, 4, 132-142. doi: 10.4236/jhepgc.2018.41012.
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