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Hopf lemma for generalized normal derivatives

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. If $u\in C^2(\Omega)\cap C_0(\overline{\Omega})$ is a superharmonic function ($-\Delta u\ge 0)$ then, Hopf Boundary Lemma does implies that ...
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Understanding Distributional Meanings and Test Functions for PDEs

thank you for taking the time to read my question. My question is about distributional meanings in PDEs. My specific question is at the bottom, but I'd be interested in a bit of general theory (even ...
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Limit in $S' (\mathbb{R})$

Given the sequence of distributions: $$ x^3~ \sin (nx),~~n \in (\mathbb{N}) $$ How can i find the limit for $n \rightarrow \infty$? I tried with the usual substitution $y=nx$, but it leads to ...
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Criteria to prove that a map is a tempered distribution

There is any simple sufficient condition to determine if a function is a tempered distribution? For example, given the map : $$ F \phi = \int_\epsilon^\infty \! \frac {\phi(x)}{\sqrt{x}} \, ...
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Is this distributional laplacean a measure?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. Suppose that $0<k<t<1$ and $\Phi$ is a mooth function satisfying: $\Phi(x)=0$ for $x\le k$, $\Phi(x)=1$ for $x\ge t$. Take $u\in ...
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The Dirac Delta Distribution $\delta_0 : D \to \mathbb R$ is not regular

I have a question on the following proof, that $\delta_0$ is not a regular distribution. We define $\delta_0$ as the linear function on test function with $$ \delta_0(\varphi) = \varphi(0) $$ for ...
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Can we conclude that $\Delta (\Phi\circ u)$ is a measure, given that $\Phi$ is a particular smooth function and $u$ is in some Sobolev space?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. Assume that $u\in W_0^{1,2}(\Omega)$ is such that $\Delta u$ is a measure. Let $\Phi$ be a smooth function in $\mathbb{R}$, such that ...
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Distributions with support of the form $\left\lbrace x \right\rbrace$

Doing some calculations with Distributions I came up with the following theorem: THEOREM: Let $O \subseteq \mathbb{R^d}$ be an open subset and $x \in O$. Suppose $T \in \mathcal{D}'(O)$ with ...
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Verifying that $\lim_{\alpha\to \infty} \frac{1}{\pi} \frac{\sin^2\alpha x}{\alpha x^2}= \delta(x)$

I'd like to show that: $$ \lim_{\alpha\to \infty} \frac{1}{\pi} \frac{\sin^2\alpha x}{\alpha x^2}= \delta(x). $$
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When does the regularization of a function converges to the function?

Let $\theta(x)$ equal $k\exp(-\frac{1}{1-||x||} )$ if $||x||<1$, and equal 0 if $||x||\geq1.$ Here $||.||$ designates the Euclidian norm in $\mathbb{R}^{^{n}}$, and the constant $k$ is chosen such ...
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Let $\langle S, \psi \rangle=\sum_{n \in \mathbb N} \int_0^n \psi'(x)dx$. Is S a distribution?

Let $\langle S, \psi\rangle=\sum_{n \in N} \int_0^n \psi'(x)dx$. Is S a distribution? I claim that S is not a distribution. I know that if S was a distribution it would satisfy the following ...
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Example of pseudodifferential operators that smooth out the singularity of delta function

What is one example of pseudodifferential operator $P$ that smooth out the singularity of delta function, i.e. $P$ s.t. $P \delta(x) \in C^{\infty}(\mathcal{R})$?
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Show that T does not have a finite order

Part A: Show that $\langle T, \psi\rangle=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \psi^{(n)}(n)$ defines a distribution. Please check: $$|\langle T, \psi\rangle|=|\sum_{n=1}^\infty \psi^{(n)}(n)| \leq \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Integral with Dirac Delta

I've to compute this expression $$ \hat{H} = \frac{1}{4}g_2\int d^3R\int d^3r\ \bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}+\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}-\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\left[ \delta(\vec{r})\nabla_{\vec{r}}^2 ...
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Fourier transform of unit step function

It is well known that the fourier transform for unit step $U(t)$ is \begin{equation} F(U(t))=\frac{1}{j\omega}+\pi \delta(\omega) \end{equation} When I try to arrive to this expression from the ...
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Null space of $\mathrm{D_x} \mathrm{D_y}$ in $\mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R}^2)$?

I am interested about the null space of the operator $\mathrm{D_x} \mathrm{D_y}$ on the space $\mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R}^2)$ of generalized functions (or distributions) of Schwartz, i.e. $$\{ f \in ...
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Line integral along an implicit curve and dirac distibution

Let $\varphi : \Bbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$ defining an implicite curve $C = \{ (x,y), \varphi(x,y) = 0 \}$, and $u : \Bbb{R}^2 : \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$ Does the line integral $\int_C u(x,y)\ dC$ ...
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Approximation of the Heaviside Function whose derivative has a compact support

I am looking for a smooth approximation $H_\delta$ of the Heaviside function, which has the property that $$ \lim_{\delta\rightarrow 0^+}H_\delta =H $$ in the distribution sense, and $$ ...
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partial derivatives of Dirac functions

I was reading my courses, and couldn't understand an exercise: The question was: simplify in $D'(\Bbb R^n)$ $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i\frac{\partial \delta}{\partial{x_i}}$ on my correction, I had written: ...
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Example of a smooth 'step'-function that is constant below 0 and constant above 1

I need an infinitely smooth non-decreasing function $\ f(x)$, that $$f(x)=0\quad\forall x\leq 0,$$ $$f(x)=1\quad\forall x\geq 1,$$ and all its derivatives in $x=0$ and $x=1$ are $0$. I found that I ...
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How to show distribution $T$ is a constant

Let $T$ be a distribution on $\mathbb{R}$. $\tau_a\phi(x)=\phi(x-a)$ and $\langle T,\tau_a\phi\rangle=\langle T,\phi\rangle$ for all $a\in \mathbb{R}$ and all test functions $\phi$. Prove that $T$ ...
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Do 3-D vectors of distributions (specifically vectors containing delta functions) have Helmholtz decompositions?

Define the function $f_i:\mathbb{R}^3\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3$, $i\in\{1,2,3\}$, by $f_i(\boldsymbol{x})=\delta(\boldsymbol{x-x_0})\boldsymbol{e}_i$ where $\delta$ is the Dirac Delta function and ...
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Dirac delta distribution and measure?

Of course the Dirac delta is not a function. Despite, I think the concept of a measure is much easier than that of a distribution. Therefore, I was wondering: In what sense is the concept of a Dirac ...
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Topology of test functions $\mathcal{D}(\mathbb R)$

(My motivation for the following question is to understand the distribution theory) The space of test functions: $\mathcal{D}(\mathbb R)= \{\phi:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R : \phi \in C^{\infty}(\mathbb ...
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Is $\langle f,g\rangle$ defined for distributions $f,g$?

Consider a standard setting for the development of the theory of distributions. Let $D(\Omega)$ be the space of test functions and $D'(\Omega)$ be the space of distributions ("generalized functions"). ...
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Prove or disprove: $e^{-nG(x)}$, normalized, is an approximation to the identity for $G(x)$ strictly convex

We are given the sequence of functions $$ \phi_{n} = \frac{e^{-nG(x)}}{\int_{\mathbb{R}}e^{-nG(x)}dx}$$ for a nonnegative, strictly convex function $G$ (that is, $G'' \geq c$ for some $c>0$) that ...
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Cauchy singular integral operator

Help on proving the following equality: $$K(-sgn)=S$$ where $K$ is the operator defined by $K(f)=F^{−1}fF$ ($F$=fourier transform, $f$=any function), sgn is the signum function and S is the Cauchy ...
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Fourier transform of function similar to a Riesz kernel

I am trying to prove that the Fourier transform of $$\frac{x_1 x_2} {|x|^4}$$ in $\mathcal{R}^2$ (in the sense of distributions) is a bounded multiplier given by $\frac{\xi_1 \xi_2}{|\xi|^2}$ but am ...
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Limit of distribution

Let $T\in\mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R})$ be a distribution on the set of smooth functions of compact support $\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R})$ such that $$ \forall_{g\in\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R})}~|\langle T, g ...
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p--laplacian problem

For $f \in W^{-1,p'}(\Omega)$, $f \geq 0$, we definr $v,$ $v_{\epsilon}$, $g_{\epsilon}$ by $$-\mathrm{div}(|Dv|^{p-2} Dv)=f \quad \mbox{in} \mathcal{D}'(\Omega), \quad v \in W^{1,p}_0(\Omega)$$ with ...
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Surface area of sphere in N dimensions; and a failed extension to ellipsoids

I'll present a calculation of the surface area of a sphere in $N$-dimensions. This calculation is performed in cartesian coordinates. I haven't seen the computation done this way before (though I ...
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Weak-Strong Derivatives

If a continuous function $u:\mathbb R^d\to \mathbb R$ has a weak derivative $\frac{\partial u}{\partial x_j}$ that exists everywhere as a locally integrable function, and it is even continuous, does ...
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Sobolev spaces in one-dimensional vs multidimensional

Here in Wikipedia, it is said that in the one-dimensional case, it is enough to assume that the $(k-1)$-th derivative of the function $f$, is differentiable almost everywhere and is equal almost ...
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Show that the Fourier transform of a a distribution is $C^{\infty}$

I am trying to understand the solution to the following problem: Let $u \in \mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ such that $u(x) = c \log(|x|)$ when $|x|>1$, where $c \in \mathbb{C}$. Show that $u \in ...
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Limit of $t^2 \cos t x$ as distribution.

I am interested in finding the limit $t^2 \cos t x$ as $t \rightarrow \infty$ in the sense of schwartz distributions. After some integration by parts I get $$( t^2 \cos t x,\phi)=\int ...
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Show that the Hilbert transform is a pseudo-differential operator of order 0

I have tried to solve the following exercise but I don't know if I have missed anything. Show that the Hilbert Transform $Hf = \mathcal{F}^{-1}(\operatorname{sgn}(\xi)\hat{f}(\xi))$ is a ...
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Extension of a Pseudodifferential Operator

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold with countable atlas, and define the distributions $\mathscr{D}'(M)$ as the dual space to the smooth densities with compact support, and $\mathcal{E}'(M)$ as the dual ...
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Find distribution solving a differential equation

I think I have solved the following differential equation, but I am not sure of all steps are justified. Exercise: Find all distributions $u \in \mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R})$ such that $x(u' -u) = ...
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Finding weak solutions

I am trying to understand how to solve differential equations of distributions. For example if one consider $ u' + u = \delta_{0}$, where $ u \in \mathcal{D}'$, this would correspond to $<u, ...
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Duals of embeddings in the space of distributions

If $ \Lambda \colon X \hookrightarrow \mathcal{D}'$ is a continuous embedding of a normed vector space $X$ into the space of distributions (for example $X=L^p$), is it true that the dual of ...
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Find limit of a sequence of distributions

I am trying to solve the following exercise: Determine the limit in $\mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R})$ of $\lim_{t\rightarrow \infty} t^{2}xe^{itx}$, $u_{t} = t^{2}xe^{itx}$. I have tried evaluating the ...
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eigenvalues to Laplacian

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded subset of $\mathbb R^d$ and let $g\in L^2(\Omega )$. Let $(\lambda_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be the eigenvalues of the Laplacian operator $\Delta$, and $(e_n)_n$ the ...
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When can we interchange summation with $L^2$ inner product?

(This question concerns a step in the solution given to Eignvalues of Laplacian operator and Sobolev spaces.) Why can we interchange the sum and the $L^2$ inner product in the following? $$(\sum_n ...
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Do we have $C^\infty \cap \mathcal{O}_C' = \mathcal{S}$ and/or $C^\infty \cap \mathcal{S}' = \mathcal{O}_M$?

We define the following traditional function spaces from distribution theory. $\mathcal{S}$ the space of rapidly decreasing smooth functions. $\mathcal{S}'$ the space of tempered distributions, dual ...
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Poisson summation formula for the Casimir effect

I'm studying the Casimir Effect at finite temperature. To calculate the Helmoltz free energy in the canonical ensemble I need to sum a particular series. In some scientific papers it is suggested to ...
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Question with tried Eigenvalues of Laplacian operator and Sobolev spaces III.

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded subset of $\mathbb R^d$ and let $g\in L^2(\Omega )$. Let $(\lambda_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be the eigenvalues of the Laplacian operator $\Delta$, and $(e_n)_n$ the ...
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eignvalues of laplacian operator and Sobolev spaces -II

Let $\Omega$ an open bounded in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $I$ un interval in $\mathbb{R}$, let $t_0 \in I$, Let $F=(F_t) \in C^0(I,L^2(\Omega))$. Let $(\lambda_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ the eigen values od the ...
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Why do test functions have to be real valued?

Seems like if functions can be made to be complex-valued, they're going to be complex-valued. I have not seen anything about why test functions must be real valued.
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Eignvalues of Laplacian operator and Sobolev spaces

Let $\Omega$ an open bounded in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $I$ un interval in $\mathbb{R}$, let $t_0 \in I$, $f\in H^1_0(\Omega)$, $g\in L^2(\Omega)$. Let $(\lambda_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ the eigen values od ...
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Is $2\delta(x) \neq \delta(x)$?

$2\delta(x) \neq \delta(x)$ since, by definition, Can this been seen graphically though? If so, how? If not, why is it that they are mathematically different but graphically the same? Btw, I ...