Model Vertices Beyond the GW Approximation

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We study the effects of local vertex corrections to the self energy of the electron gas. We find that a vertex derived from time-dependent density-functional theory can give accurate self energies without including the explicit time dependence of the exchange-correlation potential provided, however, that a proper decay at large momentum transfer (large q) is built into the vertex function. (The local-density approximation for the vertex fails badly.) Total energies are calculated from the Galitskii-Migdal formula and it is shown that a proper large-q behavior, results in a close consistency between the chemical potentials derived from these energies and those obtained directly from the self energy. We show that this internal consistency depends critically on including the same vertex correction in both the self-energy and the screening function. In addition the total energies become almost as accurate as those from elaborate quantum Monte-Carlo (QMC) calculations.

We also study the accuracy and utility of the functional for the total energy proposed by Luttinger and Ward and a generalization by Almbladh, von Barth, and van Leeuwen. For the electron gas, even the simplest and readily evaluated approximations to these functionals yield total energies of similar quality as those of QMC calculations. The functionals depend on the one-electron Green's function and the screened Coulomb interaction and already rather crude approximations to these quantities produce accurate energies thus demonstrating the insensitivity of the functionals to their arguments.

Different ways of incorporating vertex corrections beyond the $GW$ level are studied in simple, exactly soluble polaron-like models. We study models of a structureless core electron coupled to valence electrons and a local polaron model by Cini, Hewson and Newns. Our model results indicate that the first vertex correction alone will in general not suffice to improve the spectrum away from the quasi-particle peak. By including a subsequence of Mahan's fractal vertex series, however, we obtain results with correct physical properties which agree better with exact model results.


  • Mikael Hindgren
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Matematisk och allmän teoretisk fysik, thermodynamics, statistical physics, gravitation, GW approximation, Electron self energy, Green's function, consistency, local-field corrections, vertex function, conserving approximations, variational energies, Mathematical and general theoretical physics, classical mechanics, relativity, quantum mechanics, klassisk mekanik, kvantmekanik, relativitet, statistisk fysik, termodynamik, Fysicumarkivet A:1997:Hindgren
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1997 Jun 7
  • Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University
Print ISBNs91-628-2555-0
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1997-06-07 Time: 10:15 Place: Lecture Hall B, Department of Physics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden External reviewer(s) Name: Rajagopal, A. K. Title: Prof Affiliation: Naval Research Lab., Washington D.C., USA ---