3.7.2 LANGRETH Theorem

and their generalizations involving products of three or more terms. To evaluate (3.53) one can assume that is on the first half of the contour and is on the latter half. In view of the discussion of (3.51), we are thus analyzing a lesser function. The next step is to deform the contour as indicated in Fig. 3.10. Thus (3.53) becomes

Here, in appending the label to the function B in the first term we made use of the fact that as long as the integration variable is confined on the contour it is less than (in the contour sense) . A similar argument applies to the second term. Considering the first term in (3.54) the integration can be split into two parts

where the definition of the retarded function (3.52) has been used. A similar analysis can be applied to the second term involving contour , where the advanced function is generated. Putting the two terms together, one gets the first of LANGRETH's results [185]

The same result applies for the greater function just by replacing the labels by the labels. It is easy to generalize the result (3.56) to a product of three functions. The retarded and analogously the advanced component of a product of functions defined on the contour can be derived by repeated use of the definitions (3.51) and (3.52) and the result (3.56).

In the self-energies another structure occurs

(3.58) |

where and are contour variables. The derivation of the required formula is similar to the analysis presented above [185]

The rules provided by the LANGRETH theorem are summarized in Table 3.1.