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Relativistic mechanical–thermodynamical formalism — description of inelastic collisions

Authors: J. Güémez, M. Fiolhais, L. A. Fernández

Ref.: European Journal of Physics 37, 015602-(21pp) (2016)

Abstract: We present a relativistic formalism inspired by the Minkowski four-vectors that also includes conservation laws such as the first law of thermodynamics. It remains close to the relativistic four-vector formalism developed for a single particle, but is also related to the classical treatment of problems that require both Newtonʼs second law and the energy conservation law. We apply the developed formalism to inelastic collisions to better show how it works.

DOI: 10.1088/0143-0807/37/1/015602