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Lorentz Group Generators

  1. Nov 28, 2014 #1


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    I am trying to understand the derivation of the Lorentz generators but I am stuck.
    I am reading this paper at the moment: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1103.0156.pdf
    I don't understand the following step in equation 15 on page 3:
    I don't understand how this can be true. I mean g is not the identity matrix.

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  3. Nov 28, 2014 #2


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    That's sort of by definition. [itex]g^{\alpha \mu}[/itex] raises indices on a tensor and [itex]g_{\alpha \mu}[/itex] lowers them. Note that in general [itex]\omega^{\alpha}_\beta \neq \omega_{\alpha \beta}[/itex]

    In inertial coordinates, [itex]g^{t t} = +1[/itex], [itex]g^{x x} = g^{y y} = g^{z z} = -1[/itex], and [itex]g^{i j} = 0[/itex] if [itex]i \neq j[/itex]. So in inertial coordinates, [itex]\omega^{\alpha}_{\beta} = \pm \omega_{\alpha \beta}[/itex].
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