# How can we prove charge invariance under Lorentz Transformation?

Let $j=(\rho,\boldsymbol j)$ be the current density of a system. This four numbers are, by hypothesis, a vector. This means that the charge density $\rho$ transforms just like $t$ does, *i.e.*, it gets "dilated" when changing from reference frame to reference frame:
$$
\rho'\to\gamma \rho \tag{1}
$$

Charge is, by definition, the volume integral of the charge density: $$ Q\equiv \int\mathrm d\boldsymbol x\ \rho \tag{2} $$

In a different frame of reference the charge is $$ Q'=\int\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'\ \rho'=\int\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'\ \gamma \rho \tag{3} $$ where I used $(1)$.

Next, we need to know what $\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'$ is. The trick to evaluate this is to note that the product $\mathrm dt\;\mathrm d\boldsymbol x$ is invariant (in SR). This means that we can write $\mathrm dt'\;\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'=\mathrm dt\;\mathrm d\boldsymbol x$; solving for $\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'$ we get

$$ \mathrm d\boldsymbol x'=\frac{\mathrm dt}{\mathrm dt'}\mathrm d\boldsymbol x=\frac{1}{\gamma}\mathrm d\boldsymbol x \tag{4} $$

If we plug this into $(3)$, we find $$ Q'=\int\mathrm d\boldsymbol x'\ \gamma \rho=\int\mathrm d\boldsymbol x\ \rho=Q \tag{5} $$ that is, $Q=Q'$.

The whole electromagnetic theory lies on **Maxwell's equations** plus the **Lorentz force equation**. The Lorentz transformation is a geometrical description of how something related to space and time varies as it approaches the speed of light (in the absence of gravity;We are considering only inertial frames here).

The laws of electromagnetism are fundamental to any electromagnetic phenomenon. As one of the postulates of special theory of relativity states that **the laws of physics are identical in all inertial frames**, then the laws of electromagnetism should also be identical in all inertial frames. This is to (I mean the purpose of relativity) agree what two persons in different frame of reference should see the same physical laws.

So we need that the laws of electromagnetism should be the same for all inertial frames. This can be true only if we treat **charge as an invariant quantity** only. The only source of electromagnetic theory is the charges. We have the theorem of conservation of charges (we cannot either create or destroy a charge. All we can do is just move it from one point to another). This one law of physics should be valid for all inertial observers. As charge is the fundamental aspect of any electromagnetic phenomenon, two inertial frame should detect the same amount of charge at a definite region of space. Otherwise charge will not be conserved. The conservation of charge came from Maxwell's equations, which means that then all the laws of electromagnetism will appear non-symmetrical (totally different) to different inertial frames.

But you should not that if one person sees electrostatic force in one frame of reference, the other person in some other inertial frame of reference see the same as magnetic force. However both experiences a force. (This thing is one of the important theorem in relativistic electrodynamics : **Magnetism is a relativistic phenomenon** )

The electrical neutrality of atoms and molecules proves that charge is independent of velocity.A helium atom and a hydrogen molecule are both neutral although the speed of the electrons in the helium atom is almost twice what it is in a hydrogen molecule. So at least experimentally, it is a proven fact that charge is independent of velocity.