Seemingly contradicting spectral functions in momentum- and position representation (partly solved)


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When a single impurity (without interactions!) hybridizes with a band of conduction electrons, its spectral function broadens due to tunnelling processes in and out of that band. If we have a lattice of "impurities", or localized states, however, translational invariance is restored and each localized state with a defined quasi momentum /(k/) can only hybridize with conduction electrons of the same momentum /(k/), so that the spectral function is a finite sum of delta peaks (usually two).//

In this case, it is still possible to work in the position representation and calculate the spectral function of a localized state that has a defined position, but not a defined momentum. This spectral function turns out to be broadened, which is okay, but it also has spectral weight inside the region of the hybridization gap, which is a clear contradiction.//

This contradiction comes about from using a wrong ansatz for the self-energy, that takes only tunneling between a localized state at one fixed position and the conduction band into account, but not into localized states at different locations as intermediate states.



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