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 to measure an image's contrast?

I'm studying Fourier optics and Interferometry and I intend to determine the contrast of an image using computer software. My teacher of Experimental Physics didn't tell me how to do it, and so, I'm ...
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Help understanding the wave number in light

For my final optics project I want to implement the beam propagation method using Fourier transforms. I came across the following document http://ecee.colorado.edu/~mcleod/pdfs/NMIP/lecturenotes/NMiP%...
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Why is response of system same frequency as driving force frequency

Super basic question: why does a system (to be definite, perhaps assume a collection of coupled harmonic oscillators) respond (in the steady-state, after transient effects have dissipated) with all ...
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Expectation value of position operator $X$ in momentum space [closed]

I'm solving the following question: If $\psi(p)$ is the wavefunction of a particle in momentum space, write down the expression for the expectation value of the position operator $\langle x\rangle$? ...
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Help normalising and taking the inverse Fourier transform of this wavefunction [closed]

Normalising Consider the wavefunction $$\psi(x,0)=Ne^{-\frac{|x|}{\lambda}}.$$ In order to normalise this I take the integral, which due to the modulus on the $x$ I evaluate just from zero to ...
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Expanding a wavefunction [closed]

I have a wave function that I have already normalised: $$ \psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{30}{a^{5}}}x(a-x) $$ but now I have been asked to expand it to get: $$ \psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{960}{\pi^{6}}}\sum_{k} \...
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Using Plancherel's theorem on delta function

Plancherel's Theorem states that for $f \in L^{2}(\mathbb{R})$ we have $$f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}F(k)e^{ikx}dk \Longleftrightarrow F(k) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}}\int^{\...
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Commutation relations in Quantum Field Theory [closed]

\begin{align} [a, a^\dagger] =& \left[\int d^3 x e^{-ikx} (\omega \phi(x) + i \Pi^\dagger(x)), \int d^3 x' e^{ikx'} (\omega \phi^\dagger(x') - i \Pi(x')) \right] \\ =& \int d^3x \, d^3x' \, e^{...
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Finding the noise spectral density of a quantity made from different noisy components

I'm looking for the expression of the noise spectral density of the magnetic flux $\Phi$ generated by a noisy voltage signal $V$ applied to a resistor with Johnson-Nyquist noise $R$ which produces a ...
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Momentum and position for free particle

In the section of 'The free particle' in 'Introduction to quantum mechanics, second edition' by Griffiths page 65. He has the wave equation as $$\Psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \int_{-\infty}^{\...
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Time-domain NMR or: When is the Fourier-Transformation not appropriate?

My question has two parts: One is general and has to do with the Fourier-Transformation, one has to do with Time-Domain NMR. Both parts are interlinked, of course. I tried to find out, why people do ...
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Relation of the cross product of the functions to the cross product of their Fourier spectra

I know that according to the Convolution theorem the Fourier transform of the convolution of two functions $f$ and $g$ is equal to the product of their Fourier spectra: $\mathcal{F}\{f*g\} = \...
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Decoupling of double discrete Fourier transform

I have a problem with a double Fourier transform I encountered: $$\sum_{j=1}^L \sum_{l=1}^L e^{-i\pi \frac{n_1}{L} (j+l)}e^{-i\pi \frac{n_2}{L} (j-l)}V(j-l)$$ where $n_1,n_2$ are integer. If the ...
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Edge states of Kitaev chain [closed]

I am reading paper about Kitaev chain of electrons, which can exhibit famous Majorana fermions at ends of wire. The Hamiltonian (his Eq. (6)) reads $H = \frac{i}{2} \sum_j - \mu c_{2j-1}c_{2j} +(w+|\...
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How do calculate <p|x>? [duplicate]

In my quantum mechanics lectures it says that the relation between the basis $|x\rangle$ and $|p\rangle$ is given by: $\langle p | x \rangle = \Large \frac{e^{-ip x/ \hbar}}{\sqrt{2\pi \hbar}} \, .$ ...
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Why does the 4f lenses configuration decrease aberration? [closed]

In many publications/lectures it is said that the 4f lenses configuration is the preferred configuration for imaging. My question is why does this configuration in an imaging actually minimizes the ...
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Numerically solving a simple Schrodinger equation with fast Fourier transforms

While trying to solve a stochastic Gross-Piaevskii equation I have found a problem that can be tracked down to something buggy occurring in the simplest Schrodinger equation possible: $$\partial_t \...
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Is my expansion of the state $| x \rangle$ correct? [duplicate]

In my quantum mechanics textbook it says that the relation between the basis $|x\rangle$ and $|p\rangle$ is given by: $\langle p | x \rangle = \Large \frac{e^{-ip x/ \hbar}}{\sqrt{2\pi \hbar}} \, .$ ...
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Eigenvalues for correlation matrix which have the form of an harmonic function

I am trying to understand the written in the picture below. I took the matrix $C_{2 \times 2}$ which is: $$C=\left[ \begin{array}{} a& ace^{-\frac{|\phi_1-\phi_2|}{2}}\\ ace^{-\...
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Comoving and physical momentum in a Friedmann universe

It is most probably a very basic question, but I'm a bit stuck with it. Let us consider a spatially flat Friedmann universe with the usual metric $$ds^2=dt^2-a^2(t)\left(dr^2+r^2d\vartheta^2+r^2\sin^...
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Why is the Fourier transform more useful than the Hartley transform in physics?

The Hartley transform is defined as $$ H(\omega) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^\infty f(t) \, \mbox{cas}(\omega t) \mathrm{d}t, $$ with $\mbox{cas}(\omega t) = \cos(\omega t) + \sin(\omega t)$...
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How can $F_0\cos\omega t$ change to $F_0e^{i\omega t}$ in driven oscillator equation?

I have one thing that confuses me on deriving the solution for the Linear Forced Oscillator. Suppose we have the equation as $$ma + rv + kx = F_0 \cos \omega t$$ What confuses me is when the driving ...
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Derivation of group velocity using Fourier transform

The aim is to determine the group velocity of a wave packet with the general form $$\Psi\left(x,t\right)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi\left(x\right)e^{i\left(kx-\omega t\right)}dk....
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How can we fix the constant of the energy eigenstates of a quantum free particle such that they satisfy the orthonormality condition?

For a quantum free particle, the momentum and energy eigenstates are compatible. The constants of the momentum eigenstates are fixed by their orthonormality. Similarly, how can we fix the constant for ...
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$Ae^{\mathrm{i}\omega t}$ assumption for oscillating systems (formal & intuitive)

When we obtain a system of ODE's for $n$ masses connected with springs (or otherwise obtained by small amplitudes approximation), the next steps are usually assuming a solution in form $Ae^{i\omega ...
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Shifting momentum by a constant in the Schrodinger Equation

My book states that if we perturb a given Hamiltonian for the Schrödinger Equation $$ H = \frac{p^2}{2m} +V(x) $$ to $$ H' = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(x) + \frac{\lambda p}{m} $$ then we can rewrite ...
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Doubt in Path integral equation

In Pokorski's "Gauge Field Theories" book, page 108 we find equation (2.87) $$\int{}\mathcal{D}\phi{}e^{iS_0[\phi]+iS_I[\phi]+i\int{}d^4y\,\phi(y)J(y)}=e^{iS_I[-i\frac{\delta}{\delta{}J(x)}]}\int{}\...
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Derivation of canonical position-momentum commutator relation

We know that the position-momentum commutator is fundamental in quantum mechanics, but would it be possible to derive it starting from a different set of first principles, more specifically starting (...
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How does one get the first few terms of the S-matrix expansion?

According to a set of notes I'm reading $$\langle p_f | S | p_i \rangle = \delta(p_f-p_i) + 2 \pi \delta(E_f-E_i) \bigg[\langle p_f | V | p_i \rangle + \cdots\bigg] \tag{1.29}$$ I don't understand ...
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Using the fourier series to analyze the motion of a finite string [closed]

Q: Find the Fourier series for the motion of a string of length L if (a) $y(x,0) = Ax(L-x); \frac{\partial y}{\partial t}_{t=0}=0.$ (b) $y(x,0) = 0; \frac{\partial y}{\partial t}_{t=0}=Bx(L-...
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Analogy to Fourier transform in spherical coordinates with boundary at a certain radius

Suppose, we have a wavefuction $\phi(\vec{x})$ which is restricted in a sphere, with the spherical boundary condtion $$\phi(\vec{x}=R)=\phi_0.$$ How can I do the 'Fourier transformation' as the case ...
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Units of Fourier Transform [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the units of continuous time Fourier transform. Let's say that $x(t)$ is an input signal and has units of volts. Taking the Fourier transform of this yields $X(f)$. I would ...
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Can you use Fourier transformations (or other) to read multiple superimposed barcodes?

If you printed bar codes on tracing paper/acetate etc. and then positioned several in front of one another, could you extract the individual codes from the aggregate overlaid image? I feel intuitively ...
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How Quantum Fourier Transform equal to Hadamard Transform on 4-by-4 matrix?

I just don't understand why $QFT_4$ become the same as Hadamard Transform $H_4$ The Hadamard matrix is as follwoing, $$ H_2 = \frac12 \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 1 & -1 & ...
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How to Fourier transform creation/annihilation operators?

Zee's QFT in a Nutshell pages 65-66. For a complex scalar QFT $$ \varphi(\vec{x},t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}\left[a(\vec{k})\mathrm{e}^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x})} + b^\...
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locator equation of motion

I strugle with folowing problem. I do start with the locator equation of motion: $$G_{i j} = g_i \delta_{i j} + g_i \sum\limits_{k \ne i} W_{i k} G_{k j}$$ where $G_{i j}$ are matrix elements of ...
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How do you fourier transform a tight binding hamiltonian numerically?

The task is to do a fourier transformation of a tight binding hamiltonian of a 1D-chain with unit cell size 2, but even after many tries and googling I still don't have a idea how to do it correctly. ...
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Why do physicists use a positive sign for the Fourier kernel / outward propagating waves? [closed]

I am not a physicist but rather an engineer / mathematician, so I've always wondered why is it that physicists use the positive sign convention in the forward Fourier transform. That is, in all of my ...
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Is the wavelet transform utilized at all in QM?

Excuse any ignorance, but something was on my mind today and my professor didn't give me a very clear answer... Obviously the Fourier Transform is used pretty constantly in QM. What about the wavelet ...
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Physical interpretation of Fourier $[x(t)]$ where $x(t)$ is the position of mass $m$ as a function of time?

If a macroscopic body of mass $m$ moves according to a certain law of motion like, for example, $$x(t)=A\cos(2\pi ft)$$ then what physical interpretation can be attributed to the Fourier transform of $...
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Transforming the Schrodinger equation from momentum-space to position-space [closed]

I am working on a problem right now that states the following: A particle of mass $m$ is subjected to a force $\mathbf{F}(\mathbf{r}) = - \nabla V(\mathbf{r})$ such that the wave function $\varphi(...
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Does “sum over all paths” in the path integral imply “sum over all paths” in momentum space when one Fourier-transforms?

How is the Fourier-transformed-field path integral interpreted? Is it still a "sum of all paths" in momentum space? Just that with another action? Consider for instance the (Euclidean) partition ...
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Fourier transform for $W(J)$ in a free QFT

In chapter I.3 and I.4 of A. Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, he starts with the theory $$ \mathcal{L}(\varphi) = \frac 12[(\partial\phi)^2-m^2\varphi^2]+J\varphi $$ Using the path integral approach, he ...
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A question on using Fourier decomposition to solve the Klein Gordon equation

Given the Klein Gordon equation $$\left(\Box +m^{2}\right)\phi(t,\mathbf{x})=0$$ it is possible to find a solution $\phi(t,\mathbf{x})$ by carrying out a Fourier decomposition of the scalar field $\...
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Motion of string fixed at both ends

I was reading about the Fourier analysis from Waves by Frank S Crawford Jr. But I got trapped at the very beginning; this is the excerpt that troubled me: Motion of string fixed at both ends. ...
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Switch from the position representation to the momentum representation

If we use Fourier Transform, we can switch from the position representation to the momentum representation, like the following formula here comes the problem, if we use dirac notation we can see it ...
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How to detect “noisiness” of sound wave?

Some phonemes like "ssss" are basically white noise. How would you determine which parts of a wave are white noise? From frequency analysis the white noise will have no tones so just using this would ...
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Coulomb potential of a periodic crystal in reciprocal space

Usually the Coulomb potential (electron-electron interaction) can be Fourier transformed (aside from prefactors) like that: $$ \frac{1}{|\vec r_1 -\vec r_2|} = \int \frac{\text d ^3 k}{(2\pi)^3} \frac{...
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$i\epsilon$ versus $2i \epsilon E_k$ in the propagator

The Fourier Transform of the propagator can be written as $$\tilde{\Delta}(k) = \frac{i}{k^2-m^2+i\epsilon} \tag{1} $$ which is then "factored" into $$ = \frac{i}{\left( k^0-E_k +i\...
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In quantum Fourier transform, why can any controlled $R_{k}$ gate be formed by two controlled-Not gate?

Controlled $R_{k}$ gate is implemented in quantum Fourier transform like this: Each of the $R_{k}$ on a qubit is in this matrix form: My question is: Why each of these controlled $R_{k}$ gates, no ...