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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Fourier Transform and Canonical Transform

According to a book I'm reading, Fourier transform is a canonical transform. Anyone can prove that?
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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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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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Analogies between Fraunhofer diffraction and Josephson junctions

There are several analogies between diffraction patterns and Josephson junctions, especially between a double slit experiment and two Josephson junctions in a superconducting ring (like this): Both ...
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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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Why do we use Fourier transforms in QFT? [duplicate]

I ask this question, as someone has recently asked me this and I'm not sure I gave them a satisfactory/correct answer. I explained that in QFT we describe particles (and there interactions) in terms ...
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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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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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What are momentum, configuration and coordinate spaces? [closed]

What is a momentum space, a coordinate space and a configuration space? Are they in classical or quantum mechanics or both? What are their similarities and differences and when, where and how are they ...
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How do I take take the partial derivatives of the general solution to the TDSE for a free particle? [closed]

Consider the general solution to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for a free particle \begin{align*} \Psi(x,t) &=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \phi(k) e^{i\left(\hbar ...
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Fourier Transforming a $n$-dimensional ket (QM)

I would like to evaluate the Fourier Transform of $n$ functions. I am aware from the derivation of the convolution how this is done for the case of $n=2$. How could this be generalised for $n=3$? ...
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Is this a frequency domain plot for audio? [closed]

I have a program "spectrum" that draws an chart for an audio file (a short .wav with an human voice recorded on it). I believe it is a frequency domain chart. 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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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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What does “spread of momentum” actually mean?

I was reading Feynman's lecture in which Feynman invoked his own way of explaining the uncertainty principle using single-slit experiment. There I found: To get a rough idea of the spread of ...
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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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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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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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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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Quantization of a free field: Klein-Gordon case

I am a beginner and reading this course text on QFT. The author first introduces the KG equation: $$\partial_\mu\partial^{\mu}\phi+m^2\phi=0$$ [with Minkowski signature $(+,-,-,-)$]. Then the ...
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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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What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light?

What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light ? How to construct the fft beam propagation ? This is for homework. For coherent light the beam propagation is E(x,z) ...
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Why can't we define a unique wavelength for a short wave train? [duplicate]

Here we encounter a strange thing about waves; a very simple thing . . .namely, we cannot define a unique wavelength for a short wave train. Such a wave train does not have a definite wavelength; ...
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What does basis function actually mean?

I want to know that how any signal can be represented as sum of basis vector and what basis function actually means? Can anybody explain with simple examples?
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Fourier Transform of ribbon's beam Electric Field

I have a monochromatic ribbon beam with $E(x)e^{i(kz-\omega t)}$ being the electric field's amplitude. I want to show that the lowest order approximation in terms of plane waves is ...
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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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Second Quantisation, Fourier Transform, minus sign [closed]

I want to expand a field \begin{equation} \Phi (x) = \int \frac{d^3 p}{(2 \pi)^3} e^{ipx} \end{equation} in terms of the second quantisation \begin{equation} \Phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 E}} (a + ...
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Can the momentum eigenstates be non-orthogonal?

Consider the Hilbert space of a particle, whose position domain is confined to $q\in[0,1]$ (e.g. a particle in a box with unit width). Using $$ 1=\int_0 ^1 dq |q\rangle\langle q| $$ and the position ...
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a question regarding Fourier transform in electron microscopy

I have recorded a micrograph of a 2-D array at a magnification of 43,000x on my DE-20 digital camera, which has a 6.4 μm pixel size and a frame size of 5120 × 3840 pixels. This magnification is ...
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Inverse Fourier Transfrom of a wavefunction

I was reading about how a Fourier transform yields the wave-function expressed in terms of the momenta which constitute it, i.e. the wave-function in momentum space. I'm not so good at calculus yet ...
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How to prove that the position operator in momentum is $i\hbar \partial/\partial p$ - One Missing Sign [duplicate]

I am trying to prove that the position operator in momentum space is $i\hbar \partial/\partial p$ but my derivation is missing one sign. Can someone spot the error? Start with $$<\hat x> ...
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What intermediate steps of the Dirac Delta Function and Fourier Series am I missing in finding a solution to the Kronig-Penney Model?

Intro We're looking at the Kronig-Penney model in class and one of the conundrums is related to the Kronig-Penney potential for a chain of $N$ atoms. I'm supposed to squeeze out some expression for ...
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What am I REALLY doing when I take the Fourier transform of the momentum operator

I was playing around with some equations and found a surprising relationship when I took the fourier transform of the momentum operator Define $\hat P = \frac{\hbar}{i} \partial_x$, then $F(\hat P) = ...
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Measuring typical distance between patches using 2D Fourier Transform

I need to extract information about the typical distance between the black patches in an image like the one I attached here. I tried to perform 2D FFT on it (using OpenCF fdt function in Python), but ...
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Can I calculate the form of the aperture from the diffraction pattern?

As I understand, the Fraunhofer diffraction pattern of light is the Fourier transform of the aperture. More precisely, the amplitude of light would be the Fourier transform and the intensity its ...
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What does multi-periodicity mean in stellar pulsations?

How can there exist multi-periodicity in stellar pulsations? http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/sites/default/files/kitp/preprints/moskalik2.pdf How can one visualize a multi-periodic pulsation or oscillation?
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The contraction of fermion field in 1+1-dimensional massless QED

My question comes from the textbook by Peskin & Schroeder, the integral (19.26): $$\begin{align} \int \frac{d^2 k}{(2\pi)^2}\! e^{- i k\cdot (y-z)}\frac{i \not{k}}{k^2} = -\not\partial ...
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Fourier Transform of 1 [closed]

Consider the following convention for defining the Fourier transform $\hat{f}(\omega) = \int f(x) e^{-2 \pi i x \omega } d\omega $. Why is the Fourier transform of 1 equal to $\delta(\omega)$. ...
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Simulating of Fraunhofer Diffraction of Zigzags by FFT

I tried to study the diffraction pattern of the following zigzag grating by Matlab(FFT of this image).. And the result showed like this(please ignore the scale bar in this img) I think the ...
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Why does the mathematical constant $e$ enter into quantum mechanics so much?

In A. Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, he mentions on pages 11-12 the following formula which he assumes reader had encountered before: \begin{equation} \langle q | p \rangle ~=~ ...
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Convert angular power spectrum to spatial power spectrum

If we have a signal projected on a sphere, one routinely decomposes this in spherical harmonics, in analogy to a Fourier decomposition in flat space. One can then make the decomposition: ...
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What is the advantage of using exponential function over trigonometric function in analyzing waves?

A.P.French in his book Vibrations and Waves writes: . . . Why should the exponential function be such an important contribution to the analysis of vibrations? The prime reason is the special ...
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What is the difference between real and imaginary parts of a sinusoid? [closed]

Can somebody explain, without using complicated mathematical formulas, what do real and imaginary parts of the sinus function represent? And what are relations between them? I cannot understand why ...
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Shouldn't motion be represented as a Taylor series rather than a finite sum of functions or a polynomial? [closed]

Since the change in velocity of an object at rest prior to time $t_{0}$ implies a change in acceleration — that is, let's postulate, $ \mathbb{P} $, the object would have remained still, so there was ...
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Inverting the field creation operator $|\Psi\rangle$

In my lecture notes on second quantization it is written that the creation field operator is given by $|\Psi\rangle^{\dagger}_s (r) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{V}} \sum_{k} e^{-i k r} \hat{a}^{\dagger}_{ks}$ ...
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Is it accurate to say “a wavefunction is a function of particle positions or momenta”?

Something has been bothering me for a while. I encounter this kind of statement everywhere: While a single particle is described by a wave function $\Psi({\vec r};t)$, a system of two particles, ...
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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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Derivation of Green's Function for Wave Equation

In the textbook Modern Methods in Analytical Acoustics (Crighton-1992, Amazon link to 2013 edition) the following relates the 3D Green's function in the time-domain to the frequency domain $g(x-y)$: ...
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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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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 ...