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Dirac Delta or Dirac delta function?

Is Dirac delta a function? What is its contribution to analysis? What I know about it: It is infinite at 0 and 0 everywhere else. Its integration is 1 and I know how does it come.
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Sobolev space is an algebra

How do you prove that the Sobolev space $H^s(\mathbb{R}^n)$ is an algebra if $s>\frac{n}{2}$, i.e. if $u,v$ are in $H^s(\mathbb{R}^n)$, then so is $uv$? Actually I think we should also have ...
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Tensor products of functions generate dense subspace?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two spaces in certain category, $F(\cdot)$ a functor associating each space with a function space (with certain topology). Assume that for any $f\in F(X)$ and $g\in F(Y)$, $f\otimes ...
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Property of Dirac delta function in $\mathbb{R}^n$

How does one prove the following identity? $$\int _Vf(\pmb{r})\delta (g(\pmb{r}))d\pmb{r}=\int _S\frac{f(\pmb{r})}{|\text{grad} g(\pmb{r})|}d\sigma$$ where $S$ is the surface inside $V$ where ...
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Distribution theory book

I'm looking for a good book on distribution theory (in the Schwartz sense), I have the basic knowledge as given in Grafakos' Classical Fourier Analysis, but I want to know more about it. Is the ...
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The constant distribution

If $u$ is a distribution in open set $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^n$ such that ${\partial ^i}u = 0$ for all $i=1,2,\ldots,n$. Then is it necessarily that $u$ is a constant function?
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what is product of delta function with itself?

what is the product of delta function with itself ? what is the dot product with itself ?
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Discontinuity of Dirac Delta distribution

I know that the following holds for Step function, but not sure if it holds for the distribution too. Does the following hold for the Dirac delta distribution too? $\delta$ is a linear functional ...
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On distributions over $\mathbb R$ whose derivatives vanishes

Let $I \subset \mathbb R$ be open, $u \in \mathcal D'(I)$ be a distribution whose distributional derivatives vanishes (i.e. is zero for all test functions, which we may assume to be complex valued ...
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The issue of treating an inverse Fourier transform in terms of a tempered distribution.

Consider the wave equation $$ u_{tt}=\Delta{u} \quad u(x,0)=f(x) \quad u_t(x,0)=g(x) \tag{*} $$ A solution to this equation is given by $$ u(.,t)=f*\partial_t\Phi_t+g*\Phi_t \tag{**} $$ where ...
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If $f\in L^1(\mathbb{R})$ is such that $\int_{\mathbb{R}}f\phi=0$ for all continuous compactly supported $\phi$, then $f\equiv 0$.

I am wondering about a proof of the fact that If $f\in L^1(\mathbb{R})$ is such that $\int_{\mathbb{R}}f\phi=0$ for all continuous compactly supported $\phi$, then $f\equiv 0$. I am familiar with the ...
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Delta Dirac Function

Show that $\delta$, function of Dirac, defined than $\left<{\delta_0,\phi}\right> = \phi(0)$ belongs to $W^{-1,p}(]-1,1[)$ and $\delta_0 \notin L^p(-1,1)$ $\forall p\geq 1$. How I will be able ...
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How to prove that the Cantor ternary function is not weakly differentiable?

I am using the standard cantor ternary function $f$ here, as cited in this Wikipedia page. It is an example of continuous, monotone increasing, but not strictly monotone increasing function with zero ...
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Gauss–Ostrogradsky formula for Distributions

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded domain and $u\in W^{1,p}(\Omega)$, $v\in L^{p'}(\Omega)^N$ with $p\in (1,\infty)$. Let $\operatorname{div}(v)$ be the divergence of $v$ in the sense of ...
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Iterated Limits Schizophrenia

Consider the functions $g_n(x)$, with $n\in\mathbb{N}$, $n \ge 1$ and $x\in\mathbb{R}$, defined as follows: $$ g_n(x) = \begin{cases} 2n^2x & \text{if }0 \le x < 1/(2n) \\ ...
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Square root of compactly supported C-infinity function

Given $u \in \mathcal{C}^\infty_0(\mathbb{R}^n)$, $u \geq 0$ everywhere, is $v(x) = \sqrt{u(x)}$ also in $\mathcal{C}^\infty_0$? It is clear that the only problematic points are the boundary of the ...
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Derivatives distribution

Let $f$ be a distribution on $\mathbf{R}^n$ (in the Schwartz sense) such that $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i} = 0 \text{ for $i = 1, \ldots, n$.}$$ Then how to prove that $f$ is a constant? I had ...
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Does delta distribution remain continuous with respect to quasinorm?

I am thinking the accepted answer which is found here: When viewing $\delta: \mathbb{S} \to \mathbb{R}$ (linear and continuous with respect to the usual semi-norms on the Schwartz-space – or ...
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Is $\delta : \mathcal{S}(\mathbf{R}) \to \mathbf{C}$ continuous with usual seminorm?

I am thinking again the accepted answer which is found here: When viewing $\delta: \mathbf{S} \to \mathbf{R}$ (linear and continuous with respect to the usual semi-norms on the Schwartz-space ...
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Borel Measure such that integrating a polynomial yields the derivative at a point

Does there exist a signed regular Borel measure such that $$ \int_0^1 p(x) d\mu(x) = p'(0) $$ for all polynomials of at most degree $N$ for some fixed $N$. This seems similar to a Dirac measure ...
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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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Contraction map in extending domain from Dense subset to $L^{2}$

This thread is about extending a dense domain $D \subset L^{2}$ into $L^{2}$. I do not understand what Deyton means in his comment about getting contraction map when doing this. I cannot see any ...
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Dirac Delta function

I know that $\int_{-\epsilon}^\infty f(x)\delta(x)dx=f(0)$ but what about $\int_0^\infty f(x)\delta(x)dx$? I suppose we have to do this by definition since the lower limit is bang on $0$?
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Fractional derivatives of delta function $ \delta (x) $

How can I define the fractional derivative of the Delta function? I mean $D^{\alpha}= \frac{d^{\alpha}}{dx^{\alpha}} $ where $\alpha$ can be any real number, then if we define $D^{\alpha} \delta (x) ...
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Origin of the name 'test functions'

This is a very simple question really: where did the name 'test functions', used nowadays when speaking of infinitely differentiable and compactly supported functions, come from? More to the point: is ...
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Distributions on manifolds

Wikipedia entry on distributions contains a seemingly innocent sentence With minor modifications, one can also define complex-valued distributions, and one can replace $\mathbb{R}^n$ by any ...
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Various kinds of derivatives

Let $f\colon \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ be a measurable function. Let us introduce the following notions of "derivative" of $f$. Classical derivative. The unique function $f'_c$ defined pointwise by ...
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A Differential operator.

What are the fundamental solutions for the operator $$\mathcal D=a{\partial^2\over\partial x_1^2}+b{\partial^2\over\partial x_2^2}$$ on $\Bbb R^2 $ with standard cordinates $(x_1,x_2)$. Here ...
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When can one expect a classical solution of a PDE?

When solving a PDE, there may be a classical solution or a weak solution (or distribution solution). But I am wondering that when people talk about "finding a solution" to some PDE, what do they refer ...
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Difficulties in solving a PDE problem

This is an exercise in "Variation et optimisation des formes", chapter 3, Ex. 3.8. The preliminaries are: $$D=(0,1)^2,\ f \in L^2(D),\ x_{ij}=(i/n, j/n),\ 0<i,j<n,$$ $$\Omega_n = D\setminus ...
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Compatibility of pointwise and distributional convergence

This has probably been asked before but I couldn't find it. Let $\Omega$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $u_k,\, u \in L^1_{\mathrm{loc}}(\Omega)$ and $v\in \mathscr{D}'(\Omega)$ (the ...
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Sequential and topological duals of test function spaces

Given a test function space, in particular $\mathcal{S}=\mathcal{S}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (the Schwartz space) or $\mathcal{D}=\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (the space of compactly supported smooth test ...
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Dirac delta in polar coordinates

Given $$x=r\,\cos\theta\\y=r\,\sin\theta$$ and $$x'=r'\,\cos\theta'\\y'=r'\,\sin\theta'$$ how can I express $$\delta(x'-x)\delta(y'-y)$$ in terms of the polar coordinates? And the more general ...
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understanding of the classical definition of Green's function

I learn the classical definition of Green's function from Hunter's Applied Analysis. Consider the second-order ordinary differential operators $A$ of the form $$Au=au''+bu'+cu,$$ where $a,b$ and $c$ ...
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principal value as distribution, written as integral over singularity

Let $C_0^\infty(\mathbb{R})$ be the set of smooth functions with compact support on the real line $\mathbb{R}.$ Then, the map $$\operatorname{p.\!v.}\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)\,: ...
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Dirac $\delta\left( \left[\sqrt{p^2+m^2}-\sqrt{k^2+p^2+2\cdot k\cdot p\cos(\theta)}\right]^2 -k^2-m^2 \right)$

This question is related to $f(k) = 0$, but we now we consider $\delta(f(k))$, i.e. $\delta\left( \left[\sqrt{p^2+m^2}-\sqrt{k^2+p^2+2\cdot k\cdot p\cos(\theta)}\right]^2 -k^2-m^2 \right)$ We ...
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Clear explanation of heaviside function fourier transform

I know that fourier transform of Heaviside function is : $\hat{H}(x) = \pi \delta(\omega) + i (v.p. \frac{1}{\omega})$ How can i proof this result?
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Delta function integrated from zero

I am trying to understand the motivation behind the following identity stated in Bracewell's book on Fourier transforms: $$\delta^{(2)}(x,y)=\frac{\delta(r)}{\pi r},$$ where $\delta^{(2)}$ is a ...
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What's the Fourier transform of these functions?

The Fourier transform of $|x|^{\alpha}$. This is the Fourier transform of a homogeneous function, and there are several cases of various $\alpha$: when $a\leq -n$, it's not a temperate distribution; ...
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Convergence of test-functions is not induced by any metric.

By $\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R})$ we denote linear space of smooth compactly supported functions. We say that $\{\varphi_n:n\in\mathbb{N}\}\subset\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R})$ converges to ...
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Proof of Dirac Delta's sifting property

A common way to characterize the dirac delta function $\delta$ is by the following two properties: $$1)\ \delta(x) = 0\ \ \text{for}\ \ x \neq 0$$ $$2)\ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\delta(x)\ dx = 1$$ I ...
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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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How does integration over $\delta^{(n)}(x)$ work?

For a math paper I need to be able to evaluate $\int_{-a}^{a}\delta^{(n)}(x)\ f(x)\ dx$ for differentiable $f$. I know that it is 'supposed' to equal $(-1)^nf^{(n)}(0)$: $$\int_{-a}^a\delta^{(n)}(x)\ ...
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What´s wrong in this computation of $\Delta(r^{-1})$ as a distribution?

maybe this is an idiot question, but I could not figure out what´s wrong. I know how to compute $\Delta (r^{-1})$ in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ putting a ball with center in $0$ and then get $\Delta(r^{-1}) = ...
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Show the usual Schwartz semi-norm is a norm on the Schwartz space

Let $f \in C^\infty(\mathbb R)$. Define the semi-norm $$ \|f\|_{a,b}=\sup_{x \in \mathbb R} |x^af^{(b)}(x)| $$ where $a,b \in \mathbb Z_+$, and $f^{(b)}$ is the $b$-th derivative of $f$. Show ...
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Schwartz space: semi norm estimate on translation

the following family of semi norms is commonly used to introduce the space of Schwartz functions $\mathcal{S}(\mathbb{R}^n)$: $$ \|\phi\|_N := \sup_{\substack{x \in \mathbb{R}^n \\ |\alpha|\,,|\beta| ...
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How to show a function is a test function?

How to show that $$\psi =(x^2\phi)'$$where $\phi$ is a test function, is a test function if and only if $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \psi\, dx=\int_{0}^{\infty} \psi\, dx=\psi(0)=0$
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Is it true that $f\in W^{-1,p}(\mathbb{R}^n)$, then $\Gamma\star f\in W^{1,p}(\mathbb{R}^n)$?

I am trying to understand the following paper. In page 1191, in the beggining of the proof of Theorem 2.9. the authors consider the convolution $$v=\Gamma\star f$$ They claim that $v\in ...
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Distributions supported on a single point

Let $d=1$. (i) Show that if $\lambda$ is a distribution and $n\geq1$ is an integer, then $\lambda x^n=0$ if and only if $\lambda$ is a linear combination of $\delta:=\delta_{\{0\}}$ and its first ...
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Representation of compactly supported distribution

Is this true? Any compactly supported distribution $T\in \cal D'$ can be represented as finite sum of partial derivatives of functions.