Physics Using Geometric Algebra/Relativistic Classical Mechanics/The classical spinor
The proper velocity can be expressed in terms of the associated Lorentz transformation spinor called eigenspinor.
The proper time derivative of the eigenspinor can be expressed in terms of the spacetime rotation biparavector as
The spacetime rotation biparavector contains the information of the interaction that the particle is subject to.
The dynamics of a classical particle can be expressed in terms of a differential equation involving the eigenspinor.
using the definition of the spacetime rotation biparavector
that finally gives the dynamic equation
where the role of the force is now played by the spacetime rotation biparavector.
Once the spacetime rotation is identified with the electromagnetic force, the result is the spinorial form of the Lorentz force.
Constant Electric Field[edit | edit source]
The eigenspinor form of the Lorentz force can be solved analytically in many interesting cases. One of the simplest is the case of the constant electric field. If the electric field is directed along the z direction, the equation to solve is
and the solution is
The proper velocity is calculated as
If the particle starts at rest, the proper velocity is simply
An additional integration gives the spacetime position