# Questions tagged [fourier-analysis]

Fourier analysis, also known as spectral analysis, encompasses all sorts of Fourier expansions, including Fourier series, Fourier transform and the discrete Fourier transform (and relatives). The non-commutative analog is (representation-theory).

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### Different methods to compute $\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty \frac{1}{k^2}$ (Basel problem)

As I have heard people did not trust Euler when he first discovered the formula (solution of the Basel problem) $$\zeta(2)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{1}{k^2}=\frac{\pi^2}{6}.$$ However, Euler was Euler ...
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### Fourier transform for dummies

What is the Fourier transform? What does it do? Why is it useful (in math, in engineering, physics, etc)? This question is based on the question of Kevin Lin, which didn't quite fit at Mathoverflow. ...
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### Connection between Fourier transform and Taylor series

Both Fourier transform and Taylor series are means to represent functions in a different form. What is the connection between these two? Is there a way to get from one to the other (and back again)? ...
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### What is the difference between Fourier series and Fourier transformation?

What's the difference between Fourier transformations and Fourier Series? Are they the same, where a transformation is just used when its applied (i.e. not used in pure mathematics)?
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### Did Joseph Fourier ever make a pure mathematical mistake?

Cited by "Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason" John David Kadvany, 2001: It is remarkable that the nineteenth century was a time of error for mathematics: not trivial oversights or amateur ...
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### How to interpret the adjoint?

Let $V \neq \{\mathbf{0}\}$ be a inner product space, and let $f:V \to V$ be a linear transformation on $V$. I understand the definition1 of the adjoint of $f$ (denoted by $f^*$), but I can't say I ...
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### Concrete FFT polynomial multiplication example

I have read a number of explanations of the steps involved in multiplying two polynomials using fast fourier transform and am not quite getting it in practice. I was wondering if I could get some help ...
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### On the vector spaces of Taylor Series and Fourier Series

Taylor series expansion of function, $f$, is a vector in the vector space with basis: $\{(x-a)^0, (x-a)^1, (x-a)^3, \ldots, (x-a)^n, \ldots\}$. This vector space has a countably infinite dimension. ...
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### Limit of $\lim_{t \to \infty} \frac{ \int_0^\infty \cos(x t) e^{-x^k}dx}{\int_0^\infty \cos(x t) e^{-x^p}dx}$

Let \begin{align} f(t,k,p)= \frac{ \int_0^\infty \cos(x t) e^{-x^k}dx}{\int_0^\infty \cos(x t) e^{-x^p}dx}, \end{align} My question: How to find the following limit of the function $f(t,k,p)$ \...
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### Fourier transform of $\left|\frac{\sin x}{x}\right|$

Is there a closed form (possibly, using known special functions) for the Fourier transform of the function $f(x)=\left|\frac{\sin x}{x}\right|$? $\hspace{.7in}$ I tried to find one using Mathematica,...
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### What is Fourier Analysis on Groups and does it have “applications” to physics?

I am trying to be as specific as possible, but I am extremely unclear about this topic (Fourier Analysis on Groups). In Reed-Simon Vol II (Fourier Analysis, Self-Adjointness) there is some ...
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### Is a Fourier transform a change of basis, or is it a linear transformation?

I've frequently heard that a Fourier transform is "just a change of basis". However, I'm not sure whether that's correct, in terms of the terminology of "change of basis" versus "transformation" in ...
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### Why the Fourier and Laplace transforms of the Heaviside (unit) step function do not match?

The Fourier transform of the Heaviside step function $u(t)$ is $\dfrac{1}{iω} + π δ(ω)$. The Laplace transform of the same function is $\dfrac{1}{s}$. (Edit: This was my mistake, see my answer.) I ...
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### Are Fourier Analysis and Harmonic Analysis the same subject?

Are Fourier Analysis and Harmonic Analysis the same subject? I believe that they are not the same. Maybe there is big difference between those subjects but I need to know what is the main difference ...
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### Fourier transform of $\operatorname{erfc}^3\left|x\right|$

(this is a follow-up on my another question) Could you please help me to find the Fourier transform of $$f(x)=\operatorname{erfc}^3\left|x\right|,$$ where $\operatorname{erfc}z$ denotes the the ...
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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 2-...