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Special Relativity

  1. Tatsu Takeuchi

Published Online: 15 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap396.pub2

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Takeuchi, T. 2009. Special Relativity. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 47–94.

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  1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Physics 0435, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 OCT 2009


The special theory of relativity with some of its consequences and applications is reviewed. The representation theory of the Lorentz group is discussed in the appendix.


  • special relativity;
  • Lorentz transformation;
  • time dilation;
  • Lorentz contraction;
  • Doppler effect;
  • Lorentz covariance;
  • electrodynamics;
  • gravitational red shift;
  • Lorentz group;
  • Dirac equation