Chapter 4. Relativistic Covariance and Kinematics

  1. George B. Rybicki and
  2. Alan P. Lightman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch4

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Relativistic Covariance and Kinematics, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch4

Author Information

  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471827597

Online ISBN: 9783527618170



  • classical concepts;
  • variables;
  • transformation;
  • arbitrary velocity;
  • relativistic speeds


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Review of Lorentz Transformations

  • Four-Vectors

  • Tensor Analysis

  • Covariance of Electromagnetic Phenomena

  • A Physical Understanding of Field Transformations

  • Fields of a Uniformly Moving Charge

  • Relativistic Mechanics and the Lorentz Four-Force

  • Emission from Relativistic Particles

  • Invariant Phase Volumes and Specific Intensity