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Homework Help: Fourier transform of a gaussian

  1. Oct 20, 2009 #1
    fourier transform of the gaussian (1/[tex]\sqrt{2 pi \sigma}[/tex]) e ^ ([tex]^{x^2/2\sigma^2}[/tex])

    now the fourier of a gaussian is said to equal another gaussian as shown by equation (4) here:

    but when i also did it using equation (1) here:

    i find a completely different answer.

    im wondering how i am doing the calculations wrong using the normal definition of fourier transforms.

    fourier transforms are very new to me so any help is much appreciated thank you.
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  3. Oct 21, 2009 #2


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    you'll have more chance if you show you working, its pretty hard to guess what you're doing wrong
  4. Oct 21, 2009 #3
    setting a=1/2 [tex]\sigma[/tex] ^2 and k=1/2[tex]\sqrt{2 pi sigma}[/tex] i use the concept the fourier of a gaussian equals another gaussian and am given
    [tex]\sqrt{2 sigma ^2 pi}[/tex] e^((-2pi^2 [tex]\sigma[/tex]^2 / [tex]\sqrt{2 pi sigma}[/tex]
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