I Eigenvectors of the EM stress-energy tensor

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What do they mean?
My question is that what is the physical meaning of the EM stress-energy tensor's eigenvectors?
Thanks for the answers - Robert
 

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I would think an eigenvector of a stress energy tensor to be that directed area for which the energy-momentum passing through is collinear with the area vector but I'm just guessing.
 

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Isn't this rather provided by the eigenvectors of the ##3 \times 3## stress tensor alone and not the energy-momentum-stress tensor?
 

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