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Functional derivative expansion (from Chaikin)

  1. Dec 6, 2012 #1
    I'm self studying Chaikin's Principles of Condensed Matter Physics.
    I'm trying to figure out how to go from (5.2.30) to (5.2.31).


    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    5.2.30 is the one-loop approx. to the free energy.

    I'll denote G0^-1 from the book G
    ~ Integral(ln(G(phi(x)))

    5.2.31 is (as far as I can tell) the 2nd term of the functional taylors expansion of this

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    So for the first functional derivative (i'll denote δ/δphi(y))

    I get 1/G*δG/δ(phi(y))

    Taking another δ/δphi(z) and I get:

    1/G*δ^2G/δphi(y)δphi(z) for 1 term, which is one of the terms of 5.2.31, once you add in the integrals for the expansion.

    However, I just can't get the G(x,x') term in 5.2.31.

    For the other term of my expansion, I get instead:
    -1/G^2*(δG/phi(y))*(δG/δphi(z))
     
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