Particle vs energy frames

1. Feb 7, 2012

bloby

Hello.

Is there a way, as for the energy frame, to get the particle frame 4-velocity of a fluid from its energy-momentum tensor?

2. Feb 7, 2012

Bill_K

Well, you could look for a timelike eigenvector.

3. Feb 7, 2012

bloby

Could you explain why?

4. Feb 7, 2012

Bill_K

Quoting Wikipedia: "For a fluid in thermodynamic equilibrium, the stress-energy tensor takes on a particularly simple form
Tαβ = (ρ + p/c2)uαuβ + p gαβ where uα is the fluid's four-velocity."

And clearly uα is an eigenvector.

5. Feb 7, 2012

bloby

Ok, but for a fluid out of equillibrium?

6. Feb 7, 2012

Bill_K

Sorry, I misunderstood. In that case I don't know the answer. Maybe you need to be given more information than just the stress-energy tensor.