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Propagators in Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition by Yngve Öhrn, Jan Linderberg

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Chapter 9

The Electron Propagator in Higher Orders

Improved descriptions of single-electron processes require treatments beyond the geometric approximation given by the Hartree-Fock electron propagator in Eq. (4.25). More elaborate approximations of the equation of motion (9.1)

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may be generated in various ways. The discussion here will be confined to the use of perturbation theory.

Such a treatment can, with advantage, be expressed in terms of the superoperators introduced in Eq. (4.19) and in terms of a basis of field operators. The basis of fermion-like operators {Xi} = Image is chosen, such that the electron field operators correspond to the SCF spin orbitals. The field operator space supports a scalar product (Xi|Xj) = Image = Image, where ρ is the density operator defined in Eq. (4.33). The superoperator identity and the superoperator hamiltonian operate on this space of fermion-like field operators and, in particular, Image .

Perturbation theory starts with a partitioning of the hamiltonian, and thus ...

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