Slave bosons in radial gauge: A bridge between path integral and Hamiltonian language

Raymond Frésard, Henni Ouerdane, Thilo Kopp

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We establish a correspondence between the resummation of world lines and the diagonalization of the Hamiltonian for a strongly correlated electronic system. For this purpose, we analyze the functional integrals for the partition function and the correlation functions invoking a slave boson representation in the radial gauge. We show in the spinless case that the Green's function of the physical electron and the projected Green's function of the pseudofermion coincide. Correlation and Green's functions in the spinful case involve a complex entanglement of the world lines which, however, can be obtained through a strikingly simple extension of the spinless scheme. As a toy model we investigate the two-site cluster of the single impurity Anderson model which yields analytical results. All expectation values and dynamical correlation functions are obtained from the exact calculation of the relevant functional integrals. The hole density, the hole auto-correlation function and the Green's function are computed, and a comparison between spinless and spin 1/2 systems provides insight into the role of the radial slave boson field. In particular, the exact expectation value of the radial slave boson field is finite in both cases, and it is not related to a Bose condensate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-306
Number of pages21
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Field theories
  • Non-perturbative methods
  • Strongly correlated electrons


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