Correlation Functions, Scattering, and Response

  • Franz Schwabl
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


In the following, we shall investigate the dynamical properties of many-particle systems on a microscopic, quantum-mechanical basis. We begin by expressing experimentally relevant quantities such as the inelastic scattering cross-section and the dynamical susceptibility (which describes the response of the system to time-dependent fields) in terms of microscopic entities such as the dynamical correlation functions. General properties of these correlation functions and their interrelations are then derived using the symmetry properties of the system, causality, and the specific definitions in terms of equilibrium expectation values. Finally, we calculate correlation functions for a few physically relevant models.


Correlation Function Density Matrix Symmetry Property Incident Particle Dynamical Susceptibility 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Franz Schwabl
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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