Two kinds of rotation: An argument for torsion Academic Article uri icon


  • There are now many theories of gravity with a torsion field as well as the usual metric field. One of the arguments for allowing torsion is based upon a gauge theory analogy. The purpose of this paper is to clarify exactly which symmetries are being gauged in this process. The principal observation is that special relativity is invariant under two different kinds of Lorentz transformations. The first type rotate the fields and move them from one point to another in space-time. The second type merely rotate the fields at each point without changing their location. To gauge both types of rotations requires a torsion field as well as a metric field. 1981 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

published proceedings

  • General Relativity and Gravitation

author list (cited authors)

  • Yasskin, P. B.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Yasskin, Philip B

publication date

  • May 1981