Gamma as a Jacobian of Lorentz transformations

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Hello. When one is converting between coordinate systems, the Jacobian arises as a necessary consequence of the conversion. Does this occur with transformations between relativistic systems, and, if so, is this manifested through the prevalence of gamma in the transforms?

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No. The Jacobian of a Lorentz transformation is 1. That's why in special relativistic field theories you don't need to consider the subtlety that the measure is actually a scalar density., and you can define

[tex]
S[\phi] = \int d^4 x L
[/tex]

For general coordinate transformations the measure is NOT invariant, and you would obtain the action

[tex]
S[\phi] = \int \sqrt{|g|}d^4 x L
[/tex]

The squareroot becomes 1 for the Minkowski metric.

The gamma is part of the Lorentz transformation itself, NOT of the corresponding Jacobian.
 
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