Thomas precession: correct and incorrect solutions

Federal Research Center Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Ulyanova 46, Nizhny Novgorod, 603000, Russian Federation

A wealth of different expressions for the frequency of the Thomas precession (TP) can be found in the literature, with the consequence that this issue has been discussed over a long period of time. It is shown that the correct result was obtained in the works of several authors, which were published more than forty years ago but remained unnoticed against the background of numerous erroneous works. Several TP-related physical paradoxes formulated primarily to disprove the special relativity theory are shown to be fallacious. Different techniques for deriving the correct expression are considered and the reasons for the emergence of the main incorrect expressions for the TP frequency are analyzed.

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PACS: 01.65+g, 03.30.+p, 03.65.Vf (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2006v049n08ABEH005870
Citation: Malykin G B "Thomas precession: correct and incorrect solutions" Phys. Usp. 49 837–853 (2006)
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Оригинал: Малыкин Г Б «Прецессия Томаса: корректные и некорректные решения» УФН 176 865–882 (2006); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0176.200608f.0865

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