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Lorentz and Poincare groups

  1. Jul 14, 2008 #1
    Just a quick question here: I was going through my notes and I noticed that the generators of both these groups are labeled two indices. I was wondering if there is any particular reason for this, since it seems to me that one index would work perfectly well.

  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 14, 2008 #2
    There is no more reason to attach 2 indices to a Lorentz transformation than to an ordinary 3D rotation, or a matrix in general. A rotation will be specified by angles between one axis (first index) and another axis (second index). If it pleases you, you can store them in a vector, but that is clumsy.
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