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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 calculating the response of a time shift invariant linear system as the sum of its response to time harmonic excitation or for transforming a quantum state in position co-ordinates into one in momentum co-ordinates and contrawise. There is also a discrete, fast Fourier transform for discretised data.

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What is The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Making Statements About?

Non-physicist here, trying to understand details about Heisenberg's uncertainty principle: Watching the The more general uncertainty principle, beyond quantum about the uncertainty principle I came ...
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Finite-time Fourier transform of a wavefunction

Can someone explain this formula to me? Given a wave packet whose time evolution is $g(t)$, a partially resolved spectrum is found by Fourier transforming its overlap with the same wave packet at ...
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How to solve this problem involving the “longest interval”?

The problem is shown as follows: If one wants to make a digital record of sound such that no audible information is lost, what is the longest interval, $\Delta t$, between samples that could be ...
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The validity of some “applications” of the uncertainty principle

Given a $L^2$ function $f$ with $\int_\mathbb{R}xf(x)dx=0$, define its variance to be $\sigma_f^2=\int_{\mathbb R}x^2f(x)dx$. The uncertainty principle states that $\sigma_f\sigma_\hat f\geq 1/4\pi$,...
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Is there an explanation for this unexpected similarity between binomial coefficients and waves?

Background Binomial coefficients appeal mostly in probability, combinatorics number theory etc so were were surprised when we observed something that appeared to belong more to physics than pure ...
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Solving free particles with Fourier series

Here's a silly idea : take the action of a free particle, $$S = \int_{t_1}^{t_2} \dot{x}^2 dt$$ Our configuration space is the space of $C^1$ functions over $[t_1, t_2]$, which is spanned by the ...
I'm trying to evaluate the equation below excluding the case when $n_x=n_y=n_z=0$. I know this equation converges everywhere except where x,y, and z are all multiples of $2\pi$. I've attempted ...