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Gavroy

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I heard about improper Lorentz transformations, but I did not really understand what they are. I just know that their determinant is -1, but what does this physically mean?

Can somebody explain this to me?

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Gavroy

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I heard about improper Lorentz transformations, but I did not really understand what they are. I just know that their determinant is -1, but what does this physically mean?

Can somebody explain this to me?

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I heard about improper Lorentz transformations, but I did not really understand what they are. I just know that their determinant is -1, but what does this physically mean?

Can somebody explain this to me?

Basically, an improper Lorentz transformation involves a spatial reflection, so the determinant of the transformation matrix has determinant -1. See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_group#Connected_components

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