Spin–rotation couplings: spinning test particles and Dirac field

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Abstract

The hypothesis of coupling between spin and rotation introduced long ago by Mashhoon is examined in the context of “1 + 3” and “3 + 1” space-time splitting techniques, either in special or in general relativity. Its content is discussed in terms of classical (Mathisson–Papapetrou–Dixon–Souriou model) as well as quantum physics (Foldy–Wouthuysen transformation for the Dirac field in an external field), reviewing and discussing all the relevant theoretical literature concerning the existence of such effect. Some original contributions are also included.

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