Form into a gamma function

1. Feb 19, 2013

Gavroy

2. Feb 19, 2013

bossman27

I don't see how it produced $\Gamma (\frac{4}{5})$, but I did find one way to solve it:

The Fourier transform of $f(x)$ in non-unitary, angular frequency form is:

$\hat f (\upsilon) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) e^{-i \upsilon x} dx$

We have $f(x) = (ix)^{-\frac{1}{5}}$ and will just need to evaluate $\hat f (\upsilon)$ at $\upsilon = -1$ once we find an expression for it:

You'll note that the bottom entry in this table (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_transform#Distributions) works for us in this situation, with $\alpha = \frac{1}{5}$

At $\upsilon = -1$ the expression reduces to $\hat f (-1) = \frac{2 \pi}{\Gamma (\frac{1}{5})} = 1.368...$ -- agreeing with wolframalpha's calculated value.

Last edited: Feb 19, 2013