A unitary linear operator which resolves a function on $\mathbb{R}^N$ into a linear superposition of "plane wave functions". Most often used in physics for calcalating the response of a time shift invariant linear system as the sum of its response to time harmonic excitation or for transforming a ...

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How do we know that the Fourier transform of space is momentum?

How do we know that the Fourier transform of real space $x$ is the momentum $p$ space or for energy and time, receptively? What's the mathematical process and physical logic?
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Proof that quantum Fourier transform is unitary

I'm trying to work through the proof that the quantum Fourier transform can be described by a unitary operator, i.e $F^{\dagger}F=\mathbb{1}$, where ...
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Numerically solving 2D poisson equation by FFT, proper units

The 2D Poisson equation is: (1)$$\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dx^2}+\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dy^2}=-\frac{\varrho(x,y)}{\epsilon_0\epsilon}$$ And in $k$-space it is in form of: (2)$$(k_x^2+k_y^2) ...
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Interpretation of the four-vector $k$ in scalar QFT

I'm studying the canonical quantization of the Klein-Gordon real scalar quantum field theory, given by the classical Lagrangian density $$\mathscr L = {1\over ...
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how to find the frequency in a auto correlation function?

I am running some molecular dynamics simulation with carbon nano tubes and calculating the velocity auto-correlation function (VACF). Each 10 time steps is writen in a file the VACF and in the final ...
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The ubiquitous Planewave Ansatz

In physics, the planewave ansatz (meaning: an educated solution guess) is very ubiquitously used, when solving differential equations, in different domains of physics. E.g. to solve the dispersion ...
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Scattering from a potential, matrix elements of momentum eigenstates, and the Fourier transform [closed]

I am working on my last quantum homework and don't know where to begin with part (i) in this question 4. Do I need to use a product rule in the FT and use convolution? Not sure how to go about the ...
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Fourier and inverse fourier transform in QFT

According to my lecture notes, the inverse Fourier transform of an operator $\phi(p)$ is given by $$\phi(x)=\int \frac {d^4p}{(2\pi)^4}\phi(p)e^{-ip\cdot x}.$$ As @WenChern pointed out below, Peskin ...
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Why are unilateral Laplace transforms suitable for causal systems and bilateral aren't?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-sided_Laplace_transform#Causality The above section says that bilateral transforms will not necessarily make sense for causal systems. In the course of advanced ...
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What does $σ$ equal to zero mean?

Consider the Laplace transform of an RC filter. For those who can't immediately summon it, refer equation (46) at this link: http://web.mit.edu/2.151/www/Handouts/FreqDomain.pdf for a refresher. In ...
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Calculating a resonance fluorescence spectrum (Mollow Triplet)

I was working through a lecture on quantum optics, in which we calculate the spectrum of electric field correlations of fields produced by two level emitters. Now, the part where I got stuck was ...
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Diffraction and $k$-space

Regarding diffraction I am a little bit lost reading about reciprocal space and the space of $k$'s. As I understand it the Fourier relationship between a wavepacket $\Psi(\vec r,t)$ and the complex ...
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Water wave packet variance

Consider the following quantity, $$I = \int x^2|\eta(x)|^2 \ dx,$$. For $\eta(x)$ a solution to some linear equation, we have $\eta(x) = \int a(k) e^{ikx} \ dk$ where, for $\eta$ to be real, we ...
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What's the difference between frequency domain and time domain spectra?

If I have a mechanical oscillator and want to observe the dynamical behavior of the oscillator, is there any additional information to observe it in time domain and frequency domain? Normally, we ...
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Integral over scalar product of eigenfunction of momentum operator and harmonic oscillator one

Recently I've met following expression: $$ \tag 2 \sum_{n}f(n)\int dp~ |\langle p | n\rangle|^{2} = 2\pi \sum_{n}f(n). $$ Here $|n>$ is eigenfunction of harmonic oscillator with energy $$E_{n} = ...
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Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period?

Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period? While studying about Fourier transform that shows frequency representation. A doubt that came to me was a set of signal with same wavelength ...
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Why isn't there a different phase after fourier transformation in two lattices

I am trying to understand some solutions for graphenes energy dispersion. While most of it is clear, I don't get one step, when changing into k-space. Consindering two sublattices A and B with ...
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Renormalization, integrating out high momenta Wilson way

In equation $(12.5)$ in Peskin and Schroeder, they write out the generating function but leave out all quadratic terms of the form $\phi\hat{\phi}$ arguing that they vanish since Fourier ...
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Is a wave packet physically realizable as a Fourier series?

In QM a wave packet is modeled as an infinite, or almost infinite, Fourier series, and the Fourier transform provides a transformation between momentum space and position space. To what extent is ...
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Position operator in QFT

My Professor in QFT did a move which I cannot follow: Given the state $$\hat\phi|0\rangle = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3 2 E_p} a^\dagger_p e^{- i p_\mu x^\mu}|0\rangle,$$ he wanted to show that this ...
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Schrodinger Wave Functional (quantum fields) - Solving Functional Gaussian Integrals

Okay, So i'm doing some research that involves the Schrodinger representation in quantum field theory. The ground state wave functional for the Klein Gordon field is a generalized gaussian in position ...
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Why is there $1/2\pi$ in $\int\frac{dp}{2\pi}|p\rangle\langle p|$?

I'm reading Richard MacKenzie's lectures on path integrals and on page 7 he derives the propagator for the free particle as follows: $$ \begin{align} K &= \langle q'|e^{-iHT}|q\rangle \\ &= ...
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Feynman propagator with general $\xi$ parameter

Hey from my notes in my PS book it seems I have solved this some time in the past, but I cannot seem to get the indices straight this time around. So in deriving the Feynman photon-propagator which ...
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Lissajous plots - additive synthesis

I am using Fourier analysis to recreate my data. I have some test data to work on as a way of testing out my synthesis approach. I have spatial test data in the x and y directions. when I plot x ...
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Massless boson in 2D and its (retarded) propagator

I have the retarded propagator for a free scalar field in 1+1 dimensions. Inside the light cone, this looks like $J_0(m \sqrt(t^2-x^2))$, J being a Bessel function. When I take the massless limit, ...
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

We are given an operator $g$ from $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$ to $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$, i.e., the space of functions that are square summable over $\mathbb{Z}$ such that ...
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Decoupling the Hamiltonian by a Discrete Fourier transform

For $N$ coupled oscillators(periodic BC) whose Hamiltonian is given as $H=\sum\limits_{i=1}^N (\frac{p_i}{2m} + \lambda(x_{i+1} - x_i)^2)$ decoupling can be achieved by change of variables by using ...
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A few questions on wave packets and uncertainty relations

According to Cohen-Tannoudji the wave-function for a one-dimensional free particle can be written as $$ \psi (x,0)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \int g(k) e^{ikx} dk.$$ While $g(k)$ is not specified, there ...
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Constructing Echocardiography

I am trying to search the Mathematics behind Echocardiography and constructing the image. There seems to be Wigner distribution applied to the pictures. There also seems to be many different ...
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Which position and momentum distributions arise from some wave function?

Consider a particle in one dimension with wave function $\psi(x)$. The probability density function describing how likely it is to find it in a given position is given by ...
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How does one plot the frequency and time domain of a distribution on a 3D plot?

I have seen this plot on Wikipedia's Fractional Fourier Transform, where it discusses the rotations between frequency and time domains of a distribution, however I do not understand how to plot a ...
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Autocorrelation function for deterministic nonlinear dynamical systems

I am quite puzzled with the problem that spectral analysis has been either applied to noisy dynamical systems or to chaotic ones. I was wondering why nobody makes analysis of non-linear dynamical ...
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Physical interpretation of the relation $\dot{x}(t) \rightarrow i \omega \tilde{x}(\omega)$

If $x(t)$ is some time-dependent real quantity i can interpret its Fourier Transform $\tilde{x}(t)$ as representing, in a generic sense, the frequency components of $x(t)$. What about the FT of ...
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Fourier integral form of the delta function?

I'm learning basic maths for physicist and was wondering what do we use the Dirac delta function for? What is the difference between "the Fourier integral form" and the usual way of expressing the ...
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How do you handle a functional input in a Dirac delta function and prove these types of relations?

I have a quadratic relation inside of a Dirac delta function with the following relation \begin{align} \delta((x-x_1)(x-x_2)) = \dfrac{ \delta(x-x_1) + \delta(x-x_2) }{|x_1-x_2|}. \end{align} How do ...
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Quantum field theory: field operators in terms of creation/annihilation operators

I am learning Quantum Field Theory and there is a step in my notes that I do not really understand. It starts with the classical definitions of position $q$ and momentum $p$: $$ q = ...
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How is the integrand concluded to be identically zero?

In expanding the classical Klein-Gordon field in Fourier space to write it in terms of $\phi(\mathbf{p})$ instead of $\phi(\mathbf{x})$, I reached the following result. $$\int ...
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Effective masses for different direction

Assume we have an indirect semiconductor where the effective mass becomes anisotropic in different directions. Usually, one talks about a mass in parallel and perpendicular direction referring to ...
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Why does $\nabla \to ik$ when you Fourier transform?

I am reading a text that describes the scattering of light by a particle with dielectric constant $\epsilon$ After a bit of maths starting from Maxwell's equations they obtain: $$\nabla (\nabla ...
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The Dirac-Delta function as an initial state for the quantum free particle

I want to ask if it is reasonable that I use the Dirac-Delta function as an intial state ($\Psi (x,0) $) for the free particle wavefunction and interpret it such that I say that the particle is ...
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Modeling the free space propagation of laser beams using Fourier transforms

I am trying to model the propagation of a laser beam in free space. I have an initial field $E_{in}(x,z=0)$ (a Gaussian beam) and need to find the fields at other points on the optical axis $E(x,z=d)$ ...
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What excactly is a “fourier component of a density fluctuation”?

Light scattering texts say depending on the scattering angle, you are seeing a certain fourier component of a density fluctuation. This density fluctuation varies sinusoidally due to Brownian motion ...
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Question on envelope-carrier description of traveling wave

I'm doing a research internship in attosecond physics right now, and one of the really important things in the field is the description of a propagating laser pulse as the combination of a slowly (or ...
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Peak at zero in one device and not the other

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this problem. I have placed two accelerometers on an animal one sampling at 50 Hz the other at 100 Hz. They were placed in the same position. I then ...
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Solution to Klein-Gordon equation

I have a sound grounding on ODE's, not that much on PDE's, i've read many books on QFT and most if not all come to the conclusion that the solution to the Klein-Gordon equation ...
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Fourier expansion of the Klein-Gordon field

Is there a reason(both physical and mathematical) why the Klein-Gordon field is represented as a fourier expansion in the second quantization as opposed to other mathematical expansions? Be gentle ...
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String Theory and Fourier Analysis [closed]

Me and my friend, both many years from learning string theory, had a recent debate about it anyway. He said he already partially discounts it because after learning waves, he believes any function, ...
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Why do books write $X(f)$ when they mean actually mean $\lvert X(f)\rvert$?

All books write $X(f)$ in plots - the Fourier transform of $x(t)$ - when they actually mean $\lvert X(f)\rvert$, without even mentioning in passing that they are dropping the mod sign. And also they ...
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Plane wave complex notation

As far as I know, the function: $$ \vec{E}(\vec{r},t)=\vec{E_0}\cdot e^{i(\vec{k}\cdot \vec{r}-\omega t)} \hspace{2cm}(1) $$ is a mathematical solution of the wave equation: $$ \nabla^2 ...
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Units of a discrete Fourier transform

Normally a Fourier transform (FT) of a function of one variable is defined as $$f_k=\int^\infty_{-\infty}f(x)\exp\left(-2\pi i k x\right) dx.$$ This means that $f_k$ gets the units of $f$ times the ...