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Complex representation theory of the electromagnetic field

Aste, Andreas. (2012) Complex representation theory of the electromagnetic field. Journal of Geometry and Symmetry in Physics, 28. pp. 47-58.

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Abstract

A concise discussion of the 3-dimensional irreducible (1,0) and (0,1) representations of the restricted Lorentz group and their application to the description of the electromagnetic field is given. It is shown that a mass term is in conflict with relativistic invariance of a formalism using electric and magnetic fields only, contrasting the case of the two-component Majorana field equations. An important difference between the Dirac equation and the Dirac form of Maxwell's equations is highlighted by considering the coupling of the electromagnetic field to the electric current.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Former Organization Units Physics > Atomphysik (Trautmann)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretische Physik Astrophysik (Thielemann)
UniBasel Contributors:Aste, Andreas W
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
ISSN:1312-5192
e-ISSN:1314-5673
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 15:58

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