Find a function whose Fourier transform is the following:


I know that $f(x) = F^{-1}\{\hat{f}(k)\}$ so I get:

$$f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\hat{f}(k) e^{ikx}dk$$

I'm unsure about how to solve this integral.. is there a trick that I'm missing?

  • $\begingroup$ Do you know complex analysis? You can do residue theorem. $\endgroup$ – user223391 Mar 22 '15 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ You can use the Fourier transform table. $\endgroup$ – xpaul Mar 22 '15 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ after using partial fractions $\endgroup$ – Paul Mar 22 '15 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ Or the convolution theorem. $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Mar 23 '15 at 23:45

Use complex analysis. Assuming $x$ is positive, we'll close the contour upstairs so that the exponential develops a negative real part and the contribution from the semicircle vanishes. We have a pole at $2i$ and another at $3i$ in the upper half plane, and both are simple so the answer is quick and easy. The answer I am getting is $$\sqrt{2\pi}\cdot\frac{1}{10}\left(\frac{e^{-2x}}{2}-\frac{e^{-3x}}{3}\right).$$ If $x$ is negative, we close downstairs (remembering to account for a sign because the integral is now taken in a clockwise sense). This gives the same, but with $x$ replaced with $-x$, so the inverse Fourier transform is given by the above with $x$ replaced with the absolute value of $x$.


Use partial fractions $$ \frac{1}{(4+k^{2})(9+k^{2})}=\frac{1}{5}\left[\frac{1}{4+k^{2}}-\frac{1}{9+k^{2}}\right] $$ I assume these are known to you.


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