The Pauli-Lubański vector, complex electrodynamics, and photon helicity

Sergey I. Kryuchkov, Nathan A. Lanfear, Sergei Suslov

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We critically analyze the concept of photon helicity and its connection with the PauliLubański vector from the viewpoint of the complex electromagnetic field, E + iH, sometimes attributed to Riemann but studied by Weber, Silberstein, and Minkowski. To this end, a complex covariant form of Maxwells equations is used. Weyls two-component wave equation for massless neutrinos is also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number074065
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • PauliLubanski vector
  • Poincare group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics


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