# Fourier (Hankel?) transform of a discrete set of radial points (question from a chemist!)

I'm sorry because I'm not a mathematician so that my question may look a little bit messy.

I have tabulated values [1] of a 3 dimensional radial function $f(r)$: $f(x_1,x_2,x_3)=f(\sqrt{x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2})=f(r)$

I'd like to Fourier transform it in order to get $f(k)$ (or when having $f(k)$ transforming it to $f(r)$. I have looked around and understood this is a Hankel transform of order? (2 or 3, did not get it). And I did not find a practical way of doing this transformation. I have access to web, fortran and mathematica 7.

[1] To be more practical: I have a picture where is plotted the static structure factor $S(k)$ of a inhomogeneous fluid as obtained by neutron diffraction. I can extract points $(k:S(k))$ from this picture. $S(k)$ is related to the direct correlation function $C(k)$ as defined by Ornstein-Zernike through $S(k)=(1-nC(k))^{-1}$ where $n$ is a constant. I'd like to plot $C(r)$.

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Thank you very much for your effort. I found the result here: casa.colorado.edu/~ajsh/FFTLog/app.ps.gz and it has been confirmed by someone else. Your formulae is not exactly true while I am not able to demonstrate it :(. The formulae for a 3 dimensional sphericaly symetric function $f$ are: $f(k)=\int_0^{\infty} f(r)\dfrac{\sin(kr)}{kr}4\pi r^2dr$ and $f(r)=\int_0^{\infty} f(k)\dfrac{sin(kr)}{kr} \dfrac{4\pi}{(2\pi)^3} k^2 dk$ – max Jul 19 '11 at 9:26
Two things: (a) you should probably post comments as comments, and not as answers. (b) What Alice wrote and what you wrote are exactly the same. Perhaps you are not familiar with the unnormalised sinc function? – Willie Wong Jul 19 '11 at 19:24

$$f(k) = 4 \pi \int f(r) {\rm sinc}(kr) ~ r^2 dr$$
To show this you need to do the integral of $$f(k) = 2\pi \int \int f(r) e^{i kr\cos \theta} \sin \theta d \theta r^2 dr$$
Which follows from $$f(k,\theta', \phi') = \int \int \int e^{i {\bf k \cdot r}} f(r,\theta,\phi) r^2 dr \sin \theta d\theta d\phi$$ and ${\bf k \cdot r} = k r (\cos \theta \cos \theta' + \sin \theta \sin \theta' \cos(\phi -\phi'))$.