interpretation of Green function

Is there a physical interpretation of the existence of poles for a Green function? In particular how can we interpret the fact that a pole is purely real or purely imaginary? It's a general question but I would be interested in the interpretation in quantum systems.

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Can you be more specific and maybe give an example from Quantum Mechanics? – Turion Jun 5 '12 at 8:42

The pole of Green's function is related to the spectrum of the particle which is propagating. One dimension for example $$\tilde{G}(\omega)= \frac{i}{\omega-(\epsilon+i\Gamma)}$$ If pure real, G(t) is some oscillation function which shows that the particle is stable. If pure imaginary, G(t) has some exponential decay behavior which shows that the particle is unstable.