Volume 86, Number 2, April 2009
Article Number 20003
Number of page(s) 3
Section General
Published online 28 April 2009
EPL, 86 (2009) 20003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/86/20003

On the universality of the Carter and McLenaghan formula

I. I. Cotăescu

West University of Timişoara - V. Parvan Ave. 4, RO-300223 Timişoara, Romania, EU

received 23 September 2008; accepted in final form 20 March 2009; published April 2009
published online 28 April 2009

It is shown that the formula of the isometry generators of the spinor representation given by Carter and McLenaghan is universal in the sense that this holds for any representation, in either local frames or even natural ones. Starting with the observation that point-dependent spin matrices in natural frames can be defined for any tensor representation, the covariant form of the isometry generators is written down, showing that this is just the Carter and McLenaghan formula in natural frames.

04.20.Cv - Fundamental problems and general formalism.
04.62.+v - Quantum fields in curved spacetime.
11.30.-j - Symmetry and conservation laws.

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