In many areas (say, electrodynamics) we come across expansions of any function in terms of a series of orthonormal functions that span the space. Now the condition for completeness of a set of orthonormal functions in that space is given by (as given in Jackson)(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

[tex]\sum_{n=1}^\infty U_n^*(x') U_n(x) = \delta(x'-x)[/tex]

where x and x' are two points in the function space.

I am not able to understand what this is intuitively due to.

Why would the orthogonal functions not span the entire space if the summation does not go to zero ?

Finally, is there a corresponding relation in vector space ? That will probably give me a better understanding of what is happening, if we extend it to function space..

Thanks a ton!

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# Completeness of orthonormal functions

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