Proceedings of the International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization

Hyperbolic Geometry

Abraham A. Ungar

Abstract

Relativistic hyperbolic geometry is a model of the hyperbolic geometry of Lobachevsky and Bolyai in which Einstein addition of relativistically admissible velocities plays the role of vector addition. The adaptation of barycentric coordinates for use in relativistic hyperbolic geometry results in the relativistic barycentric coordinates. The latter are covariant with respect to the Lorentz transformation group just as the former are covariant with respect to the Galilei transformation group. Furthermore, the latter give rise to hyperbolically convex sets just as the former give rise to convex sets in Euclidean geometry. Convexity considerations are important in non-relativistic quantum mechanics where mixed states are positive barycentric combinations of pure states and where barycentric coordinates are interpreted as probabilities. In order to set the stage for its application in the geometry of relativistic quantum states, the notion of the relativistic barycentric coordinates that relativistic hyperbolic geometry admits is studied.

Article information

Source
Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization, Ivaïlo M. Mladenov, Andrei Ludu and Akira Yoshioka, eds. (Sofia: Avangard Prima, 2014), 259-282

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 13 July 2015

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/ euclid.pgiq/1436815716

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.7546/giq-15-2014-259-282

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3287763

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1325.51012

Citation

Ungar, Abraham A. Hyperbolic Geometry. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization, 259--282, Avangard Prima, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014. doi:10.7546/giq-15-2014-259-282. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.pgiq/1436815716


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