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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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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Edge states of Kitaev chain [closed]

I am reading paper about Kitaev chain of electrons, with Hamiltonian (his Eq. (6)) $H = \frac{i}{2} \sum_j - \mu c_{2j-1}c_{2j} +(w+|\Delta|)c_{2j}c_{2j+1} +(-w+|\Delta|)c_{2j-1}c_{2j+2}$ in terms ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Normalized wave functions in position and momentum space

Using the following expression for the Dirac delta function: $$\delta(k-k')=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{i(k-k')x}\mathrm{d}x$$ show that if $\Psi(x,t)$ is normalized at time $t=0$, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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}}\\ ...
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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 ...
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“Optically performed” Fourier Transform

This article says that they are only able to achieve such extremely high fiberoptic data rates because the multiplex light and then use a Fourier Transform to split it up again. But they say that ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the difference between the momentum in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the conjugate momentum of the field?

What is the difference between the momentum $p$ in $e^{i\mathbf{p}\cdot{\mathbf{x}}}$ in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the corresponding conjugate momenta $\pi(x)$ of the scalar field?
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Why can you only measure velocity or location in a particle?

I was talking to a family friend in the field of optics at a quantum scale (not sure the proper name for this) and he was explaining to me why you can only determine either the velocity or location of ...
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Calculating diffraction patterns using FFT

I'm trying to write a piece of code that calculates a diffraction pattern similar to an X-ray experiment using a FFT. From my knowledge, the diffraction pattern for point particles can be calculated ...
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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) ...
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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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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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Why are sine/cosine always used to describe oscillations?

What I am really asking is are there other functions that, like $\sin()$ and $\cos()$ are bounded from above and below, and periodic? If there are, why are they never used to describe oscillations in ...
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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 ...
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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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How to transform the Laplacian from momentum space to coordinate space

I'm working through some quantum mechanics problems with solution sets (attempting the problems then looking at the solutions to compare), and a little part of a solution has stumped me. I'm not sure ...
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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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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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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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Is there a relation between quantum theory and Fourier analysis?

I found that some theories about quantum theory is similar to Fourier transform theory. For instance, it says "A finite-time light's frequency can't be a certain value", which is similar to "A finite ...
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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})} + ...
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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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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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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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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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Calculating $\langle x | \hat{x} | p \rangle$ in $p$ basis

I am trying to calculate $\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle$. I can work in the $x$-basis like so: $$\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle=\int dx'\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ x'\rangle\langle x'\ |\ ...
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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 ...