Minkowski spacetime


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Min·kow·ski spacetime

(mĭn-kôf′skē)
n.
A four-dimensional spacetime with no curvature, assumed in the theory of special relativity. The curved spacetime of general relativity appears to be a Minkowski spacetime at any given point near an observer, much as the earth appears basically flat in the vicinity of someone standing on a plain.

[After Hermann Minkowski (1864-1909), Russian-born German mathematician who first described such a spacetime mathematically.]
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Because of Einstein's continual reluctance toward Minkowski's convention and thus the physical interpretation inherent therein, the role Minkowski spacetime played in general relativity, may be less than most authors initially suspect.
Moreover, it is corroborated via the principle of equivalence with the Unruh radiation, which takes place in the Minkowski spacetime for accelerated observers [38].
Minkowski spacetime or Minkowski space can be thought a combination of time dimension and Euclidean space into a four-dimensional manifold.
The coordinate transformations (9)-(10) from [10], according to the author requirements, also are preserving the Lorentz-Minkowski pseudo-metric in the Minkowski spacetime over [R.sup.3].
As part of the effort to develop theories of spacetime separate from the theories of special and general relativity, Schr|ter characterizes Minkowski spacetime by some axioms as simply as possible, then deduces all its other properties from these axioms.
ABSTRACT: This paper introduces the use of Noether symmetry equation for Lagrangian of conformal plane symmetric static Minkowski spacetime to find all those Minkowski spacetimes which admit the conformal factor.
This paper argues that, in Minkowski spacetime, time passes in each of the multiple B-series, but there is no passage spanning across all events because some events stand in no genuine temporal relations to each other.
In contrast, Einstein theorized that gravity was not a force but a mass-induced curvature of space; it followed a curved four-dimensional structure or a Minkowski spacetime manifold of events that combined space and time (Friedman, 2007).
The key ingredient of this new model is that the Veneziano ghost, which is unphysical in the usual Minkowski spacetime QFT, exhibits important physical effects in dynamical spacetime or spacetime with non-trivial topology.
(48.) Gregory L Naber, The Geometry of Minkowski Spacetime: An Introduction to the Mathematics of the Special Theory of Relativity, 2nd ed.
On the other hand, in the Lorentzian case, the vector representation of a Whitney 1-form is exemplified for the (1 + 1)-d Minkowski spacetime in [28].
This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Minkowski spacetime interval represents.