# The molecular field approximation

1. Oct 9, 2011

### matematikuvol

MFA

$$\hat{A}\hat{B}\approx \hat{A}\langle\hat{B}\rangle+\hat{B}\langle\hat{A}\rangle-\langle\hat{A}\rangle\langle\hat{B}\rangle$$

What this mean physically? What we neglect here?

If I calculate Neel temperature using this method $$T_N^{MFA}$$ and using RPA method $$T_N^{RPA}$$ is there some relation between those temperatures?

Last edited: Oct 9, 2011
2. Oct 9, 2011

### xiyangxixia

mean-field approximation method

3. Oct 10, 2011

### genneth

Perhaps a natural way to see the decomposition is if A and B are fluctuations around some mean, i.e. <A> = <B> = 0. Then you just have AB ~ 0, i.e. you are neglecting correlated fluctuations in A and B.