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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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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What is the specific meaning of “Fourier frequency” (as opposed to simply “frequency”)?

I've noticed that many journal articles (in optics) use the phrase "Fourier frequency" to describe, well, the frequency of something. Google scholar search for "Fourier frequency". Example: ...
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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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What's the average position of oscillating particles in a box with periodic boundary conditions?

Imagine an open box repeating itself in a way that a if a particle crossing one of the box boundary is "teleported" on the opposite boundary (typical periodic boundary position in 3D). Now put a ...
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Poles for a particle scattered in a delta potential

I am working on problem a professor gave me to get an idea for the research he does, and have hit a point where I'm having a difficult time seeing where I need to go from where I'm at. I would also ...
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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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Reconstruction of “wavefunction” phases from $|\psi(x)|$ and $|\tilde \psi(p)|$

Consider a "wavefunction" $\psi(x)$, which has a Fourier transform $\tilde \psi(p)$ Suppose that we know, for each $x$, $|\psi(x)|^2$, and that we know, for each $p$, $|\tilde \psi(p)|^2$. Have we ...
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What is the Fourier Transform of f'(x)/x [migrated]

Is it even possible to find. It's deceptively simple looking. What about f(x)/x?
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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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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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What does the Canonical Commutation Relation (CCR) tell me about the overlap between Position and Momentum bases?

I'm curious whether I can find the overlap $\langle q | p \rangle$ knowing only the following: $|q\rangle$ is an eigenvector of an operator $Q$ with eigenvalue $q$. $|p\rangle$ is an eigenvector of ...
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Far Field Diffraction of EM waves: what does the zero frequency signify?

If you have a system of independently radiating electrons/point-charges, the far field distribution of the EM waves can be approximated by the fraunhoffer diffraction integral, or simply by the ...
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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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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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Resolution in a Fourier transform spectroscopy setup

I am a bachelor physics student and as an assignment we had to perform measurements on an FT spectroscopy setup. Context. Our setup consisted of a Michelson interferometer through which the light ...
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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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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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Initial condition for Fourier transformed Schrödinger equation

I asked in this thread Time-dependet Schrödinger equation how to solve the Time-dependent Schrödinger equation. One of JamalS' recommendations was the Fourier transform, which is why I want to quote ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are AC quantities represented by sine waves always?

Usually we use a sinusoidal wave form to represent a alternating quantity. Why not a cosinusoidal wave or a ramp wave form? In sine wave forms we can indicate the maximum and minimum amplitude and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Simplest derivation of Fourier transform for periodic functions (in crystal lattice)?

What is the simplest derivation of the following two well-known formulas that work for crystal lattice [1]: $$ F[f(\mathbf{x})] \equiv \tilde f(\mathbf{G}) = {1\over\Omega_\mathrm{cell}} ...
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Inverse Fourier transform of Yukawa potential (troubles with Mathematica)

It can be proved that the potential $\frac{e^{-u|r|}}{|r|}$ has Fourier transform $\frac{4\pi}{u^2+q^2}$. Now, I'm trying to go backwards and do the inverse Fourier transform but I'm running into ...
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Image Reconstruction:Phase vs. Magnitude

Figure 1.(c) shows the Test image reconstructed from MAGNITUDE spectrum only. We can say that the intensity values of LOW frequency pixels are comparatively more than HIGH frequency pixels. $$ ...
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Phase and amplitude information of an image

By applying Fourier Transform to an image we can get its magnitude as well as phase spectrum. A magnitude spectrum describes how various frequencies are attenuated and accentuated in that image but ...
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Divergent solution in time-dependent Schrödinger equation

if I transform the time-dependent Schrödinger equation without a potential I get: $$ - \hbar \omega \psi(\omega,x) = \frac{- \hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \psi(\omega,x)}{\partial x^2}$$ The ...
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Inner product of position and momentum eigenkets

Let's define $\hat{q},\ \hat{p}$ the positon and momentum quantum operators, $\hat{a}$ the annihilation operator and $\hat{a}_1,\ \hat{a}_2$ with its real and imaginary part, such that $$ \hat{a} = ...
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Quantum Fourier Transform question regarding measurement

When we use the quantum fourier transform, for a function, the output is entangled, so if a measurement is made on the output, the result may not be that of the function that one wanted in the first ...
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Quantum Fourier Transform question

We can formulate a Quantum Fourier Transfrom which is derived from a DFT. This DFT performs a polynomial operation by interpolating over specific sample points, and then when we read the output from ...
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Transition Between Position and Momentum Basis

I'm having some trouble following pages 55-56 of Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics. We're trying to transfer from position space into momentum space. Here's a quote: Let us now establish the ...
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Frequency spectrum and histogram of white noise

I haven't been able to find any images with, so here goes: In the frequency/Fourier spectrum, how does white noise look like ? Is that just random dots all over the place, making it very hard to ...
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In quantum mechanics, why position and momentum are related by Fourier Transformation(only)? [duplicate]

We know that if we take Fourier transform of momentum we go to position space. But why Fourier transform only.(credit_ Abh Gupta)
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Help with the Heisenberg relation in Gaussian wave

In short laserpulses there is a minimal product of the frequency width and the pulselength for Gaussian pulses $\tau \cdot \Delta\omega \geq4\ln2$ this is the fourier boundary. So I know it origins ...
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Continuous Fourier transform vs. Discrete Fourier transform

Continuous Fourier transform vs. Discrete Fourier transform. Can anyone tell me what the difference is physics-wise? I know the mathematical way to do both, but when do you use the other instead of ...
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Inverse of a series (solid state)

I am working with the expression involving the equilibrium displacement ($y_n$) for the $n$th particle in a 1D harmonic lattice in terms of the normal modes coordinates $A_k$. Let me show you the ...
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Representations in quantum mechanics [closed]

This might be a very simple question. I just want someone to point me the right direction to understand things like this: $$ \langle x|x'\rangle=\delta(x-x') \\ \psi(x)=\langle x|\psi\rangle \\ ...
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Quick question on convolution - Diffraction through a pair of slits

We know that the fourier transform of the amplitude function (in terms of $y$) gives you the amplitude function (in terms of $\theta$) Consider a pair of triangular slits: Fourier transform of ...
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Fourier transformation in nature/natural physics?

I just came from a class on Fourier Transformations as applied to signal processing and sound. It all seems pretty abstract to me, so I was wondering if there were any physical systems that would ...