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Completing a Fourier Transform Integral

  1. Jun 23, 2014 #1
    I was wondering if anyone could help me with this integral. I've heard of contour integration but I'm unsure of how it would be used for this integral.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 23, 2014 #2
    Well, I suggest you pick up a book on complex analysis. It's not something which lends itself to being taught via a single forum post. This one is nice enough and affordable.

    The general idea is you choose a contour on which the integrand is complex analytic, which includes the desired integral as a segment of the contour. One then computes the integral around the contour. The value of the integral around the contour is related to the poles of the function that are within the contour. Often the actual integral which you want to evaluate is not the contour integral itself, but rather a segment integral of that contour. The contour is often chosen such that the integral along the other segments besides the ones desired either go to zero in some limit, or are multiples of the desired integral.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014
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