I am taking my first course in QFT and have come across this problem

From the canonical commutation relations for a real scalar field $\hat{\phi}$ show that $$[\partial_i \hat{\phi} , \hat{\phi}] = 0,$$ where $i$ is a spatial index.

I have had an attempt but I'm not sure if what I'm doing is allowed. What I did is

The cannonical commutation relation tells us

$[ \hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i) , \hat{\phi}(x^0,x^{'i})] = \hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i)\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^{'i})-\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^{'i})\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^{i})= 0 $

Taking $\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}$

$\frac{\partial \hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i)}{\partial x_i}\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^{'i})-\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^{'i})\frac{\partial \hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i)}{\partial x_i}= 0$

Then set $x'=x$

$[\partial^i \hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i),\hat{\phi} (x^0,x^i)]=0$

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    $\begingroup$ have a loot at the threads here or here, I think you will find your answer. $\endgroup$ – Vangi Apr 3 '19 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Vangi I understand now $\endgroup$ – mathsisfun Apr 3 '19 at 13:01

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