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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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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Eigenstates of position and momentum operators in QM

In Griffiths pages 103-105 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" 2nd editiion he states that the eigenfunctions of the position and momentum operators are $$g_y(x) = \delta(x-y)$$ where the eigenvalue ...
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Using the Fourier transform to find the natural frequencies of coupled oscillators

How can I find the natural frequencies of a system consisting of a pair of coupled oscillators using Fourier transforms? The System consists of two masses and three springs. One of the springs ...
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How to find the correlation function? [on hold]

I have an operator $\hat{a}(t)$, and the its correlation is given as: $$\langle\hat{a}(t)\hat{a}^{\dagger}(t^{\prime })\rangle=\delta(t-t^{\prime})$$ Then how can I find the correlation function in ...
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Vacuum expectation value in presence of a source

If a vacuum is translationally invariant i.e., $P^\mu|0\rangle=0$ or $e^{(\pm ip\cdot x)}|0\rangle=0$, we can express the the vacuum expectation value of a field as $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle$ as ...
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Energy Transferred to a Spring by a Time Dependent Force (using Fourier Transformations)

I found an excersice in Byron-Fuller's: "Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics", about the energy which is transferred to a spring by a time depended force of the form: $F(t)=\left\{ ...
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Hankel transformation of Yukawa potential [on hold]

This is a Hankel transformation problem that is used to do the 2-d Fourier transformation of Yukawa potential. We already know that $H_0(\frac{1}{z^2 + r^2}) = K_0(kz)$. Then what should be the right ...
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Anomaly, Ward identity [on hold]

While studying notes on anomaly by Adel Bilal (http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.0634), I stuck in a calculation. Here it goes as follows: The three-current correlator in perturbation theory as a one-loop ...
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Asymptotic behaviours from Fourier transforms [migrated]

I have completely forgotten how one derives the asymptotic behavior in frequency space, given the asymptotic behavior of the function in real space (e.g. time). As an example example, it is often said ...
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How does one calculate the minimum spectral linewidth in cm$^{-1}$ of a pulsed laser with pulse duration of 10 fs?

I calculated the minimum spectral linewidth given here using the uncertainty principle that $\Delta E\,\Delta t =h/2\pi$. Will this be correct?
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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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Help with two dimensional polar axis Fourier transform

This is a problem that I met in real-life physics research. This question is related to Wick's theorem. The question is: 1. In two dimensional plane with polar axis, why do we have the following ...
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What is the meaning of the Fourier Transform of the electric field of a well guided mode in a dielectric waveguide?

I have been studying waveguiding in dielectrics for a while now; however, I cannot understand the meaning of the Fourier transformed electric field. I will first give some background information. ...
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Kolmogorov/Energy spectrum for turbulent boundary layer

Previously, I have calculated energy spectrum for 3D isotropic turbulent flow data which is equally spaced in all three directions and then to compute the energy spectrum, one performs Fourier ...
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Why is the Hermitian conjugate of the Fourier transform of an operator not the transform of the Hermitian conjugate? [migrated]

It is defined that: \begin{align} O(\omega)&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int O(t)e^{-i\omega t} \mathrm{d}t \tag{1} \\ O^{\dagger}(\omega)&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int O^{\dagger}(t)e^{-i\omega t} ...
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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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Interpreting group velocity of free particle wave packet

I am trying to understand the concept of group velocity of a free particle wave packet: $$\Psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi(k)e^{ikx}e^{-\frac{i \hbar k^2 t}{2m}}dk.$$ ...
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Which information do we get from the phase spectrum about the wave?

Let a wave is represented by an equation $$y=f(t)=10\sin(\frac{2\pi f_1t}{T} + \pi/6)+5\cos(\frac{2\pi f_2t}{T} +\pi/3)$$. Here, let us take $f_1=10 ,f_2=5 ,T=100$ Then, from the Fourier transform ...
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How should I think about reciprocal lattice and Miller indices?

When I hear someone talking about a (100) plane or a (111) plane or an (hkl) in general, my first thought is, is the system cubic. The reason I think this is because I tend NOT to think of the planes ...
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Fourier Transforms of position and momentum space in Quantum Mechanics

Fourier transformations: $$\phi(\vec{k}) = \left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \right)^3 \int_{r\text{ space}} \psi(\vec{r}) e^{-i \mathbf{k} \cdot \mathbf{r}} d^3r$$ for momentum space and ...
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Weinberg Cosmology book Ch 5.2

I am working on Weinberg Cosmology book, and have one question about what contained in Ch 5.2 (page 229). Basically, this chapter is dealing with stochastic initial conditions. What he wrote is that ...
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Fourier Transform point force on a half-space [migrated]

I have to calculate the following Inverse Fourier-Transform, which describe the potential function for a point force on a half-space: ...
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Meaning of a certain value at Fourier Transform

Define the Fourier Transform of a certain signal in the time domain FT[$x(t)$]=$X(j\omega)$ $X(j\omega)$ = $\int$ $x(t)$ $e$^($j\omega$$t$)$ $dt I'd like to ask what is the meaning of the value ...
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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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Radial Distribution Function - Structure Factor relation, deriviation help

I'm attempting to prove the relation between the structure factor and the RDF, following the deriviation here (pg 92-94). The solution this source comes too disagrees with this paper which I trust ...
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Same quantum states represented in different basis

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose and then ...
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Schrödinger equation in momentum space

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose. It then ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and time dependence

Consider the Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) $$ |\psi\rangle = |\phi\rangle + \hat{G}_0(\epsilon) \hat{V} |\psi\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat{G}_0(\epsilon) = \frac{1}{\epsilon - \hat{H}_0 + ...
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Interpreting the Fourier transform of a Gibbs measure

Recall that a Gibbs measure gives a probability distribution on states $x$ of the form $$ p_X(x) = \frac{1}{Z(\beta)}\exp(-\beta E(x)) $$ As I understand, the function $E$ is interpreted as the ...
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Position and momentum measurement effects on wave functions

I have a few short questions about an interpretation of what happens with position and momentum wave functions described in literature I am using. Given momentum space wave function and position space ...
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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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What is the shape of the MTF curve in coherent imaging?

For incoherent imaging, the shape of the diffraction-limited MTF curve would look roughly like a triangle, with normalized contrast starting at 1 for zero spatial frequency and decreasing to 0 at the ...
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How does the Fourier Transform invert units?

I don't really understand how units work under operations like derivation and integration. In particular, I am interested in understanding how the Fourier transform gives inverse units (i.e. time ...
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Significance of higher harmonics

I am analyzing a noise signal and have identified the fundamental frequency of a tone and it's higher harmonics. Say for example given the signal below, The fundamental frequency has a sound ...
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Intervalley scattering in graphene in presence of impurities

A long range impurity like coulomb impurity does not induce an inter valley scattering between the two Dirac points. Is there any mathematical explanation for the same although this is explained by ...
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Deriving Schrodinger equation from QFT with the definition $\psi(\textbf{x},t)\equiv \langle 0|\phi_0(\textbf{x},t)|\psi\rangle$

In the book "Quantum Field theory and the Standard Model" by Matthew Schwartz, he uses the equation $$\partial_t^2\phi_0=(\nabla^2-m^2)\phi_0$$ (i.e., the Klein-Gordon equation for the free ...
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Fourier transform of Hamiltonian for scalar field

In the Srednicki notes (http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/ms-qft-DRAFT.pdf) page 36 he goes from $$H = \int d^{3}x a^{\dagger}(x)\left( \frac{- \nabla^{2}}{2m}\right) a(x) $$ to $$H = \int ...
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How to get the vibratonal frequency of a bond using FFT of velocity autocorrelation function?

I guess there is some errors in the way I am calculating VAC since I ma ending up with a peak whose frequency is two times the actual frequency. I ran an MD simulation long enough with 60 molecules of ...
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Normal mode analysis

I'm reading lots of texts about normal modes and I've seen that normal modes are solutions of the wave function produced by separation of variables. However, when most of authors I've read perform the ...
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Optics of the eye - do we see Fourier transforms?

I've recently been learning about Fourier optics, specifically, that a thin lens can produce the Fourier transform of an object on a screen located in the focal plane. With this in mind, does the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...