# Are Laplace Transforms a Special Case of Fourier Transforms?

A Laplace Transform is based on the integral:

$F(\xi) = \int_0^{\infty} f(x) e^ {-\xi x}\,dx.$

In a roundabout way, a Fourier transform can get to $\hat{f}(\xi) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x)\ e^{- 2\pi i x \xi}\,dx,$
Also, they both seem to use convolutions and transposes in "indirect" forms of "multiplication."

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Your formula for the Laplace transform is wrong. It should be $F(\xi) = \int_0^\infty f(x) e^{-\xi x}\, dx$. But yes, when $\xi$ is imaginary you have (up to normalization) the Fourier transform of $f$ (considered as a function on $(-\infty, \infty)$ which is 0 on $(-\infty, 0)$).