Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Baylis, W. E.

Keywords

Physics, General.

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Abstract

The Pauli algebra for any Minkowski vector space is constructed and applied to the study of isometries of a Minkowski vector space, where it is shown that a subset of the Pauli algebra is the universal covering group of the restricted Lorentz group. The Pauli algebra theory of spacetime connections and curvature is developed and used to calculate the connection and curvature for spherically symmetric spacetimes. Spinors for Minkowski spacetime are shown to reside naturally in the Pauli algebra and other geometrical objects are built up from these spinors.Dept. of Physics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .J66. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 56-01, Section: B, page: 0286. Adviser: W. E. Baylis. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.

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