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Delta function with imaginary argument

We have an integral representation for the Dirac delta function as $\delta(x) = \frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{-\infty}^\infty dk e^{ikx}$ . On the other hand, we have for delta function the property: ...
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Derivation of a non-continuous function with distribution theory

Consider the following function: $$f(x,t) = \left\{\begin{array}{ll} 1 & x \in [0, t] \\ 0 & x \not\in [0,t] \end{array}\right.$$ What can I say about the derivative of $f$ with respect to ...
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Derivatives of Norms and Absolute Values (distributions)

For example we have for $x \in \mathbb{R}$, $$\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\left| x\right| = 2\Theta(x) -1 $$ and thus $$\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}\left| x\right| = 2\delta(x) $$ We also have, ...
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Is it possible to mathematically explain why solids go under mollification when heated?

Well, I'm sure that many people on MSE might object that this is not a math question, however, I think that there might be a well-posed mathematical answer to this question, or at least I hope so. We ...
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Topologies of test functions and distributions

I'm wondering about some of the topological properties of $\mathcal D(\Omega)$ and $\mathcal D'(\Omega)$: I know $\mathcal D(\Omega)$ is not metrizable, so not first countable (right?). However, my ...
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Fourier transform of a function of characteristic function of a measure

Let $\mu$ be complex measure on $\mathbb{R}^2$ ($|\mu|$ is finite measure) and $\chi$ - its characteristic function $$ \chi(x_1,x_2) = \int_{\mathbb{R}^2} d\mu(p_1,p_2) \exp(i p_1 x_1+i p_2 x_2). $$ ...
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What would be to show $(1+|\xi|^2)^{s/2}\hat{u}\in \mathcal{S}^{'}(\mathbb R^n)$ is a function?

If $s\in\mathbb R$ define the sobolev space $H^s(\mathbb R^n)$ as $$H^s(\mathbb R^n):=\{u\in \mathcal{S}^{'}(\mathbb R^n): (1+|\xi|^2)^{s/2}\hat{u}\in L^2(\mathbb R^n)\}.$$ I have a doubt concearning ...
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Exponential of the derivative operator on the Schwartz space?

We consider the derivative operator $\mathrm{D}$ on the space of smooth and rapidly decreasing function $\mathcal{S}$. We denote by $P_n = \frac{1}{0!} + \frac{X}{1!} + \frac{X^2}{2!} + \cdots + ...
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Is $L^2(0,T;H^{-1}(\Omega)) \subset \mathcal{D}^*((0,T)\times \Omega)$?

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a domain. Consider the space of test functions $\mathcal{D}((0,T)\times \Omega)$ and the space of distributions $\mathcal{D}^*((0,T)\times \Omega).$ Is it true ...
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How to build a compact support for a function

I was wondering if it is possible to build a distribution with compact support from a function. More precisely, consider a compact set $\mathbf{K}\subset\mathbb{R}^2\setminus\{0\}$, and a function ...
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Wave front set of a corner

Consider the distribution $u$ defined on $\mathbb{R}^2$ by $$ u(x, y) = \begin{cases} 1 &\text{if } 0 < x < 1;\, 0 < y < 1, \\ 0 &\text{otherwise}.\end{cases} $$ What is the ...
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Weak Laplacian of $\|x\|^\alpha$

Let $\alpha> 0$ and consider the function $\|\mathbf x\|^\alpha = (x^2 + y^2)^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}$ defined on $\mathbb R^2$. I want to compute the Laplacian $\Delta (\|\mathbf x\|^\alpha)$ in the ...
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Two possible definitions of “vector-valued distribution”

Let $X$ be a reflexive Banach space. Define $$\tag{1} \mathcal{D}^\star(0, T; X)=\left\{ u\colon \mathcal{D}(0, T)\to X\ \text{linear and continuous}\right\} $$ where the topology on the space of ...
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Why the tempered distribution is zero?

My question is derived from the proof of the equation $\Delta f=f$ which has no nonzero solution in $\mathscr{S}'(\mathbb{R}^n)$. The ideal to solve this equation is to use the Fourier transform. By ...
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How to compute the limit of a distribution

I would like to know if the following sequence : $ T_n = \displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n \dfrac{1}{k^{2}} \delta_{\frac{1}{k}} $ converge in $ \mathcal{D} ' ( \mathbb{R} ) $. If it's converge in $ ...
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Problem on the integral representation of a tempered distribution

Suppose $\mathscr{S}(\mathbb{R^n})$ is the space of Schwartz functions, in which the seminorms have the form $$\left \| \varphi \right \|_{m}=\underset{\underset{x\in \mathbb{R}^{n}}{|\alpha|\leq m ...
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P.D.E's - Distribution

If we have $$\int_{\Omega} (u_m-u_n) \Delta \varphi \,dx=\int_{\Omega} |u_m-u_n|\,dx$$ for $\Delta\varphi = \operatorname{sgn}(u_m-u_n)$. Now, if I need to choose a test function $\varphi$ such that ...
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Support of the limit of a convergent sequence of distributions

I read that if $u_n \to u \in \mathcal{D}'(X)$, then $$ \text{supp} \, u \subset \bigcap_{n \geq 1} \bigcup_{m \geq n} \text{supp} \, u_m. $$ However, the proof given shows that $$ \text{supp} \, u ...
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Can we conclude that a distribution is a $L^2$ function by testing with $L^2$?

Let $T\colon \mathcal{D}\to\mathbb{R}$ be a distribution. Does $|T(f)|\leq\|f\|_2 \forall f\in\mathcal{D}$ imply $T=T_g$ for some $g\in L^2$? What if $T$ is tempered?
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Derivatives of $|x|$

I wanted to calculate the first and second derivatives of the function $f(x)=|x|$, in order to verify that: $$ f'(x)=\frac{|x|}{x} $$ and $$ f''(x)=2\delta(x). $$ Can you help me?
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Prove that the weak$^*$ topology on the space of tempered distributions is not 1st countable

Please, help me with a proof of this (apparently) known fact whose proof is out of my reach, even though I spent a considerable amount of time looking it up: The weak$^*$ topology on the space of ...
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distribution solution to xT = 0 in Schwartz space

I try to understand the Poisson summation formula from the perspective of distribution theory. However, I got stuck at a problem on the way, namely proving that the distribution solution to $xT = 0$ ...
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Approximate dirac delta and integration error

For a sequence of functions $g_n(x-x_o)$ approximating the Dirac delta I can write: $ \int_a^b g_n(x-x_o) f(x) dx = \int_a^b \delta(x-x_o) f(x) dx + \epsilon_n$ when $x_o \in [a,b]$. I am trying to ...
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Distributional derivatives on hypersurface?

In a paper I was reading, the define a set $Q=(0,T)\times \Omega$, where $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is a bounded domain, and then they write $$\langle \frac{d}{dt}u - \Delta u, \varphi ...
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Convolution of two delta distributions

Show ${\int}_0^{\infty}\delta(x+z)\delta(y-z)dz =\delta(y+x)$ It seems obvious, and I don't think we need a rigorous proof for this (statistical mechanics homework) but I want a rigorous proof of ...
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How to make sense of Fourier series for a distribution?

In particular if I have an array of numbers say, $\{c_m\}_{m\in\mathbb{Z}^n}$. Under what conditions can we say that these are the Fourier coefficients of a distribution? [For examples Bessel's ...
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Delta function multiplied by an exponential function

I do not know if this is an ill-posed question but ... is $\delta(t)e^{-\gamma t}$ equal to $\delta(t)$? Thanks, biologist
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Applications of the theory of distributions outside of PDEs?

Are there any interesting, important or powerful mathematical applications to the Theory of Distributions besides those dealing with partial differential equations?
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A sequence of functions converging to the Dirac delta

let $g_n(x)=\frac{1}{2}n $ for $|x|<\frac{1}{n}$ and for positive integer n. Prove that $$\lim_{n \to \infty} g_n(x)=\delta(x)$$ Pretty evident after a quick sketch, but I don't know how to show ...
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Weighted Dirac comb as a tempered distribution?

I'm trying to determine when a "weighted" Dirac comb is a tempered distribution. More precisely, trying to prove: $$u=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}c_k \delta_k\in\mathcal{S}'(\mathbb{R})\iff\exists ...
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A short question concerning the distributional solution of $xf=0$

I was reading my notes on the following result: All the $\mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R})$ solutions to $xf =0$ are of the form $c\delta $ where $c$ is constant and $\delta$ is the dirac delta distribution ...
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Generalized functions as integral kernels on Hilbert spaces

I'm a physics student and I'm studying functional analysis. I've got a doubt about some operators defined by integral kernels that are generalized functions. Let $L_2(a,b)$ be the Hilbert space of ...
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$(1+x^2)T = 1$ in $\mathscr D'(\mathbb{R})$

I only know that the solutions of $xT=0$ in $D'(\mathbb{R})$ are in the form $c\delta_0$, but I can't figure out how to find general solution to $(1+x^2)T = 1$. Any ideas?
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distribution sense

We have, \begin{eqnarray*} \Psi=\int_0^L \left[\frac{1}{2}\left((1+a^2)u_x^2+2a u_x |u_x|\right)+F(u)+\frac{1}{2}w^2\right]\,dx \end{eqnarray*} We can write, formally, \begin{eqnarray*} \delta ...
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How to prove that limit is equal to zero

How to prove that: $$\lim_{\epsilon\rightarrow 0}(-\log(-x) \phi(x)|_{-\infty}^{-\epsilon} -\log(x) \phi(x)|_{\epsilon}^{+\infty})$$ where $\phi(x) $ is any test function is equal to $0$. It seems ...
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Why is $C_c^\infty(\Omega)$ not a normed space?

I am watching a Coursera video on Théorie des Distributions and I am trying to understand one of the slides. Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^N$ be an open set and $C_K^\infty(\Omega) = \{ \phi \in ...
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Relationships between growth rates of a distribution and smoothness of its Fourier transform

Let $f\in \mathcal{S}^\prime(\mathbb{R})$ be a tempered distribution, and $\hat{f}$ be its Fourier transform. It is known that when both $f$ and $\hat{f}$ are $L^2$ functions, there are relationships ...
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About a condition for a distribution to be zero

I'm trying to solve the following question: If $S$ is a distribution with compact support on $\mathbb{R}$, which verifies $\langle S, x^n \rangle=0$ $\forall n\in\mathbb{N}$, then $S$ is the ...
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Fundamental solution of a differential operator

I'm trying to solve this question, but I don't know how to deal with it: If we have $b=(b_1,,\dots,b_n)\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and $\beta\in\mathbb{R}$, prove that the differential operator ...
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Fourier transforms of the Heavyside function and the absolute value function

I'm trying to obtain these two Fourier transforms. First of all, I'm using the following definition of Fourier transform: $$\cal{F}(f)(y)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}f(x)e^{-ixy}\;dx$$ What I have so ...
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Mellin-Barnes transform of $\frac{1}{\Gamma}$

Let $\varphi \in L_1(c+i\mathbb R)$, where $c > 0$. Then we can define the Mellin-Barnes transform (or the inverse Mellin transform) of the function $\varphi$ by the formula $$ \mathcal ...
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Fourier transform of $\frac{d}{dt}\ln\frac{1}{it}$

I'd like to proove the identity $$\mathcal{F}\left(\frac{d}{dt}\ln\frac{1}{it}\right)=2i\pi H$$ with $H=\mathbb{I}_{\mathbb{R}^+}$ ie the Heaviside step function, $\mathcal{F}$ denote the Fourier ...
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Does the norm exist on $\mathscr S' \subset \mathscr D'$?

I take an extension from $L^2(\mathbb R)$ to $\mathscr S'(\mathbb R)$ of tempered distributions for a mapping of nonlinear distribution. I do not want to use seminorm, but the norm, therefore the ...
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$xT' = 1$ in $D'(\mathbb{R})$

I need help solving the following problem: I want to show that all solutions of $$xT' = 1\ , T \in D'(\mathbb{R})$$ take the following form: $c_{1} + c_{2}1_{[0, \infty)} + ln|.|$ What I tried so far ...
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Extend from the spaces $L^2$ to the tempered distributions $\mathscr S'$

Recall that $\mathscr S(\mathbb R) \subset L^2(\mathbb R)$. Assume the continous and bounded functions $f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb C, \,f \in C(\mathbb R), f(t) \not= 0$ only if $a \leq t \leq b$ and ...
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Convolution and Dirac delta [closed]

I need to prove the following: $\delta_0 * \phi = \phi$, where $\phi$ is a test function. Thank you for your help.
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What is the motivation for “continuity in the sense of distributions”?

Let $M$ be a compact (real) manifold and let $\Omega^m_c(M)$ be the compactly supported $m$-forms on $M$. Apparently a linear map $T : \Omega^m_c(M) \to \mathbb{R}$ is continuous "in the sense of ...
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How to solve distributional equation?

What are the only solutions of a distributional equation: $$xT'=0$$ Thanks. Any hint? I know that $T'(\phi)=-T(\Phi')$.
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Translation is continuous

Let $\mathcal D$ be the space of 'test-functions'. Those are infinitely differentiable functions with compact support. Define the following convergence on $\mathcal D$. $(\phi_j) \to \phi$ in ...
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What is the modulus of smoothness for Wigner-Ville Distribution?

I heard today a seminar where the speaker talked about General Shannon Sampling operators and its modulus of smoothness. I can only find this article about the modulus of smoothness. I think you can ...