A Green's function is the impulse response of an inhomogeneous differential equation defined on a domain, with specified initial conditions or boundary conditions, thereby restricting that equation's *fundamental solution*. In QFT, it is essentially the *propagator*.

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theoretical echo from a point scatterer

How can I compute an echo coming back from a point scatterer? Let's say I know the excitation signal (plane wave), scatterer position, medium properties, what else do I need to see, how the echo will ...
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Representing propagators as Dirac delta functions [closed]

I have found online, in particular on the wolfram site, http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DeltaFunction.html, certain identities that allow one to represent a delta function as limits. Of particular ...
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Green's Function in the Lippmann Schwinger Equation

When deriving the scattering cross section using the Lippmann-Schwinger equation we need to calculate the Green's function defined by ...
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Green's functions and spectral function

I'm struggling to understand something in the book by Fetter & Walecka, p.295, relating to the causal ($G$), advanced ($G^A$) and retarded ($G^R$) Green's functions, and the spectral function ...
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Poisson's equation inside a sphere with linear charge distribution

Consider the Poisson equation \begin{equation*} \nabla^2\Phi = -4\pi \rho \end{equation*} inside a sphere of radius $b$. The charge density $\rho(x)$ corresponds to an evenly distributed charge $Q$ ...
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About Green's function in spherical coordinates

Here is a self-contained part of the content from one paper I am currently reading. But there is one point I can't understand. Though there will be some equations, they are easy to follow. In $d$ ...
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Relation between the reduced Green's function and the full Green's function

Let us assume that we have some Hamiltonian and we know its spectrum $$H_0 \psi_n = E_n \psi_n .$$ We define the Green's function in as $$ G(x,y,E) =\sum_m \frac{\psi_m^*(x)\psi_m(y)}{E-E_m}, $$ and ...
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Can the occupation of Floquet bands be calculated from the Keldysh Green's function?

A periodically driven band structure can be semiclassically described by Floquet theory, resulting in photon-dressed Floquet bands (non-equilibrium steady states). Usually, for non-equilibrium ...
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Confusion with poles of single particle green's function / propagator

On p22 of "Green's Functions for Solid State Physicists" by Doniach and SondHeimer, there is the following definition: $$G^0(\omega)=\frac{1}{2M\Omega_0}\left( \frac{1}{\omega-\Omega_0+i\eta} - ...
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Screening of electrostatic potential at the interface between two dielectrics

The motivation of my question: Calculating the dispersion relation of plasmons in a graphene layer embedded between two dielectrics with different dielectric constants. Addressing my question: I ...
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Transition Amplitude in Field Theory

I am currently reading the "Quantum Field Theory" by Lewis Ryder. In chapter 5 he is talking about path integrals and says that the transition amplitude $ \langle q_f t_f \vert q_i t_i\rangle $ is $$ ...
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Green function of squared chiral pseudoscalar in QCD

I need to compute the Green function $$ G(0) \equiv \int d^{4} x\int D[\text{QCD}]\bar{q}\gamma_{5}Mq(x)\bar{q}M\gamma_{5}q(0)e^{iS_{QCD}} \equiv $$ $$ \tag 1 \equiv \int d^{4}x\langle 0|T( ...
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Time-ordered product vs path integral

Suppose we have the Green function $$ G(k) \equiv \tag 1\int d^4x e^{ikx}\langle 0| T\left(\partial^{x}_{\mu}A^{\mu}(x)B(0)\right)|0\rangle , $$ which in path integral approach is equal to $$ \tag 2 ...
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What is the meaning of thermal spectral function and thermal decay width in thermal field theory?

In Kallen-Lehmann spectral representation of 2-point correlation function \begin{equation} \langle 0|T\phi(x)\phi(0)|0\rangle=\int_0^\infty \frac{dM^2}{2\pi}\rho(M^2)D_F(x-y;M^2),\quad (a) ...
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Physical meaning of Ward Identity and computing vertex functions

Following the derivation of Ward Identity by Weinberg book, you get it in the form $$ (l-k)_\mu S'(k)\Gamma^\mu(k,l)S'(l) = i S'(l) - iS'(k) $$ Can anyone explain the physical meaning of this ...
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Convolution of 1D Greens functions

So I need some help calculating the convolution of two 1D Greens functions, where the specific formula reads $$\int dk G_k(w+i\eta)G_{k+q}(w+i\eta) = \int dk\left[\Im\left[ ...
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Difference between the propagators and vertex function [closed]

I am confused between Green's function and vertex function in field theory. Can someone please explain the difference between the two in context ${\lambda} {\phi}^4$ theory?
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Wightman function for massless vector fields in Coulomb gauge

I've been looking for quite some time an expression for the Wightman functions for a massless vector field in the Coulomb gauge $\nabla\cdot\mathbf{A}=0$ (I think it is equivalent to the Feynman gauge ...
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Greens function for forward propagating waves

I would like to find a form of a Green's function which accounts for the propagation of spherical waves expanding out from the spatial point $r$, but restricted to the forward propagating direction ...
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References for the non-Abelian gauge covariant Laplace equation?

Is there a standard reference which discusses solutions to the non-Abelian gauge covariant Laplace equation $D_{\mu} D^{\mu} \phi = 0$, where $D_{\mu} \phi = \partial_{\mu} + ig[A_{\mu}, \phi]$? Note ...
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locator equation of motion

I strugle with folowing problem. I do start with the locator equation of motion: $$G_{i j} = g_i \delta_{i j} + g_i \sum\limits_{k \ne i} W_{i k} G_{k j}$$ where $G_{i j}$ are matrix elements of ...
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Propagator and probability amplitude that a particle propagates

My QFT knowledge has very much rusted and i got confused by these few lines from Peskin and Schroeder: p.27: " [..] the amplitude for a particle to propagate from $y$ to $x$ is $\langle 0| \phi(x) ...
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The $i\epsilon$ in non-relativistic scattering theory

When doing quantum mechanical scattering theory, we obtain the Lippman-Schwinger equation $$|\psi\rangle=|\psi_0\rangle+(E-H_0)^{-1}V|\psi\rangle$$ Here $\psi_0$ is the unperturbed wavefunction, ...
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How to get the inverse of the propagator?

For a free EM Lagrangian, the propagator is as below in momentum space: $$ S[A]=\int d^4kA_{\mu}(k)\underbrace{[-k^2g^{\mu\nu}+k^{\mu}k^{\nu}]}_{M}A_{\nu}(k). $$ It is easy to calculate the $\det(M)$ ...
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Proof of periodicity of Floquet Green's function

It is claimed in many papers that the two-time Green's function in time periodic Hamiltonian case is periodic in the average time, i.e. \begin{equation} G(t+T,t'+T)=G(t,t') \end{equation} when ...
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Relationship between lesser Green's function and greater Green's function in Keldysh formalism

I wonder if there is any general relationship between lesser Green's function $G^<(t,t')$ and $G^>(t,t')$ in the non equilibrium case, which means they not only depend on the relative time but ...
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Inverse Green's Function

Suppose that I have a QM theory for which i know the green's function $G(x_f,x_i)$ (i.e. the total propagator including interactions). Then if I want to find the inverse green's function, I just take ...
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Schwinger-Dyson equation from the Heisenberg formalism?

All the derivations of the Schwinger-Dyson equation I can find are done using either the path integral formalism, or for the oldest papers, Schwinger's own quantum action principle formalism, which, ...
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Point forces in linear elasticity and small strains

Consider a point force $\boldsymbol{F}=F\boldsymbol{e}_z$ in an infinite elastic material. In a linear approximation, the displacements can be calculated using Green's function for the Laplacian which ...
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A derivation in Schwinger's proper time approach

I have a question in derivation of Schwinger's proper time method in chapter 2.1 of http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F3-540-45585-X from Eq.(2.20)-Eq.(2.23) to the classical action expression ...
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Dirac Delta in definition of Green function

For a inhomogeneous differential equation of the following form $$\hat{L}u(x) = \rho(x)$$ solution can be written in terms of the Green function $$u(x) = \int dx' G(x;x')\rho(x')$$ such that ...
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Intuition for spin 1/2 and 1 propagators

The propagator for a spin 0 particle is (in momentum space, dropping $i\epsilon$ and other factors) $$\frac{1}{p^2-m^2}$$ which has the intuition "the particle likes to be on-shell". But the ...
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Green function for Fourier transform [closed]

In the context of a project, I had to solve numerically Poisson equation with cylindrical coordinates. I put here results for z = 0 on a 3D mesh 256x256x256. When I define Green function, have I to ...
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Two definitions of Green's function

In literature, usually two types of definition exist for Green's function. $\hat{L}G=\delta(x-x')$. This equation states that Green's function is a solution to an ODE assuming the source is a delta ...
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Self-teaching Green's function approach to quantum many-body systems

My question is where can I find a good book, review, online course, or all of them for self-teaching Green's function in quantum many-body problems (if it has problems with solutions for ...
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Klein-Gordon Green's function: derivative of delta distribution?

In Peskin/Schroeder there is an explicit calculation showing that the retarded Green's function of the real Klein-Gordon field $$D_R(x-y) ~\equiv~ \theta(x^0 - y^0) \langle 0 | [\phi(x), \phi(y)] ...
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How is Lippmann-Schwinger equation derived?

I'd like to know the derivation of Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) in operator formalism and on what assumptions it is based. I consulted the Ballentine book as advised in this Phys.SE post, but I ...
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Matsubara Green function of anderson impurity model

I am currently having trouble computing the imaginary-time Green's functions of a model similar to the single-impurity anderson model. The hamiltonian is given as: \begin{equation} H = ...
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Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation diverging?

I'm trying to work out the propagator for the free scalar field theory (i.e., the Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation). On pages 23 and 24 of Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (you ...
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Poisson-like green functions

How can I verify that equation $$\nabla ^2 f (r) = - \frac{e}{4 \pi \epsilon ^2} \delta (r-\epsilon)$$ in 3D has a solution of the form $$f (r) = a - \frac{e}{4 \pi r} \theta (r-\epsilon) ...
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Density of states for the diffusion

For the wave equation, the propagator in the Fourier domain is written as $$G(\mathbf{k},\omega)=-\frac{1}{\frac{\omega^2}{c^2}-\mathbf{k}^2+\mathrm i\epsilon}.$$ When $\omega/c$ is close to ...
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How is Green function in many-body theory introduced?

Normally, for a (linear) operator $L$ and a DE $$ Lu(x) = f(x) $$ the Green function is defined as $$ LG(x,s) = \delta(x-s) $$ and it is found that $$ u(x) = \int G(x,s) f(s) ds $$ is the ...
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Why are the integral form of the GR equations problematic?

I have heard that working with the integral form of the GR equations is problematic - relative to determining a Greens function. Can someone explain the details as why?
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Retarded and advanced Green's function

Is there a use of advanced Green's functions? If yes then when or in which context? Why in quantum field theory, we always use Feynman's prescription for finding the propagator and not the retarded ...
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How to compute the density of state from the Green function?

I'd like to plot the density of state (DOS) for a specific system, say an s-wave BCS superconductor, the Green function of which is ...
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Green's function for 1 D hubbard model?

Consider the 1D two-site Hubbard model at half filling $H=-t\sum _{\sigma} (c_{1\sigma} ^{\dagger}c_{2\sigma}+h.c.)+U\sum_i(n_{i\uparrow}-\frac{1}{2})(n_{i\downarrow}-\frac{1}{2})$ where the sum is ...
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Evaluation of Green function for two site system?

Let's consider I have two site system whose hamiltonian has $2\times2$ matrix form. In general we can write the Green function for above Hamiltonian as $G^{-1}=i \omega-H $ or $G=[i\omega-H]^{-1}$ and ...
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Fourier transform of random variables

My question is concerning Fourier transforms of random variables. So if the question itself is too heavy a task but you know of any good resources to learn this topic that would also be very much ...
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Neumann Green's function inside semi-infinite conductor [closed]

Consider a semi-infinite conductor with uniform conductivity $s$ occupying the space $z>0$. What is the Green's function with Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions inside the region $z>0$? ...
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Green function in non-relativistic quantum mechanics for particles with complicated isotropic spectrum

Let's consider a free particle with some non-trivial isotropic spectrum. What I mean is that Hamiltonian of the particle depends only on the square of the momentum: $$\hat{H}=f(\mathbf{\hat{p}}^2)$$ ...