Volume 89, Number 4, February 2010
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||05 March 2010|
Thermodynamics of extended bodies in special relativity
Fukui Prefectural University - 910-1195 Fukui, Japan
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 3 February 2010
Relativistic thermodynamics is generalized to accommodate four-dimensional rotation in a flat spacetime. An extended body can be in equilibrium when each of its elements moves along a Killing flow. There are three types of basic Killing flows in a flat spacetime, each of which corresponds to translational motion, spatial rotation, and constant linear acceleration; spatial rotation and constant linear acceleration are regarded as four-dimensional rotation. Translational motion has been mainly investigated in the past literature of relativistic thermodynamics. Thermodynamics of the other two is derived in the present paper.
PACS: 03.30.+p – Special relativity / 05.90.+m – Other topics in statistical physics, thermodynamics, and nonlinear dynamical systems
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