Theoretical approaches to many-body perturbation theory and the challenges

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A brief review of the history of many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) and its applications in nuclear physics is given. Problems regarding its application to nuclear-structure calculations are discussed and analysed. It is concluded that the usefulness of nuclear MBPT in terms of an expansion in the nuclear reaction matrix G for the calculation of effective interactions in shell-model investigations is severely challenged and restricted by the problems and uncertainties connected with this approach. New methods based on unitary transformation approaches have proven to be more accurate and reliable, particularly for light nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1349-S1355
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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