Green’s Functions at Zero Temperature

  • Alexandre ZagoskinEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


Green’s functions as a tool for probing the response of a many-body system to an external perturbation. Similarity and difference from a one-particle propagator. Statistical ensembles. Definition of Green’s functions at zero temperature. Analytical properties of Green’s functions and their relation to quasiparticles. Perturbation theory and diagram techniques for Green’s functions at zero temperature. "Dressing" of particles and interactions: Polarization operator and self energy. Many-particle Green’s functions.


Book and Reviews

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLoughborough UniversityLeicestershireUK

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