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3-D Spinors, Spin-Weighted Functions and their Applications


Part of the Progress in Mathematical Physics book series (PMP, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 1-36
  3. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 37-58
  4. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 59-109
  5. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 111-149
  6. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 151-175
  7. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 177-214
  8. G. F. Torres del Castillo
    Pages 215-234
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-249

About this book


This systematic and self-contained treatment of the theory of three-dimensional spinors and their applications fills an important gap in the literature. Without using the customary Clifford algebras frequently studied in connection with the representations of orthogonal groups, spinors are developed in this work for three-dimensional spaces in a language analogous to the spinor formalism used in relativistic spacetime.

Unique features of this work:

* Systematic, coherent exposition throughout

* Introductory treatment of spinors, requiring no previous knowledge of spinors or advanced knowledge of Lie groups

* Three chapters devoted to the definition, properties and applications of spin-weighted functions, with all background given.

* Detailed treatment of spin-weighted spherical harmonics, properties and many applications, with examples from electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and relativity

* Wide range of topics, including the algebraic classification of spinors, conformal rescalings, connections with torsion and Cartan's structural equations in spinor form, spin weight, spin-weighted operators and the geometrical meaning of the Ricci rotation coefficients

* Bibliography and index

This work will serve graduate students and researchers in mathematics and mathematical and theoretical physics; it is suitable as a course or seminar text, as a reference text, and may also be used for self-study.


Albert Einstein EFE Relativity Theoretical physics electrodynamics general relativity mathematical physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de CienciasUniversidad Autonoma de PueblaPueblaMexico

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"In summary…the book gathers much of what can be done with 3-D spinors in an easy-to-read, self-contained form designed for applications that will supplement many available spinor treatments. The book…should be appealing to graduate students and researchers in relativity and mathematical physics."

—Mathematical Reviews

"The presnet book provides an easy-to-read and unconventional presentation of the spinor formalism for three-dimensional spaces with a definite or indefinite metric...Following a nice and descriptive introduction chapters 2-4 are devoted to spin-weighted functions and their applications, while chapters 5 and 6 collect all the standard material on spinor algebra and spinor analysis respectively. The final chapter contains some applications of the formalism to general relativity." ---Monatshefte für Mathematik