# What are the Lorentz transformations for polar coordinates?

Is there a reason I can't find anywhere the Lorentz transformation for polar coordinates? I can only find the lorentz transformations for cartesian coordinates.

Can anyone guide me on how to transform polar coordinates, or is the only way to convert them to cartesian coordinates first, and then transform those and then convert those back to polar coordinates?

• There's some info at physics.stackexchange.com/a/603032/123208 May 16, 2021 at 4:32
• @PM2Ring i have seen that question, and i believe it is different and does not address what i am asking May 16, 2021 at 4:34
• Did you look at the linked article arxiv.org/abs/2008.08780 which discusses both cylindrical & spherical coordinates? May 16, 2021 at 4:38
• What difficulty do you have in taking the ordinary representation of the Lorentz transformations (either in terms of abstract vectors or in Cartesian coordinates) and just doing the transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates? May 16, 2021 at 13:07
• The coordinates i want to transform are in polar coordinates . I know i can convert them to cartesian coords and then transform those cartesian coords . My question is whether there was any formula for directly transforming polar coordinates without first converting them May 16, 2021 at 14:41

$$t' =\gamma\Big( t-\frac{\vec v\cdot\vec r}{c^2} \Big)$$
$$\vec r'=\vec r +(\gamma-1)(\vec r\cdot\hat v)\hat v-\gamma ct \vec v$$