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Integrating this double integral

  1. Nov 19, 2007 #1
    Hi, I am having some difficulties integrating the following expression..

    [tex]\int\int\left(\frac{k}{\pi}\right)^2 \frac{1}{k^2+\omega'^2}\frac{1}{k^2+\omega^2}e^{-i\omega'\tau}e^{i\omega\tau}d\omega d\omega'[/tex]

    I've tried by part but it doesn't look like it's going to give me the right answer which is

    [tex]e^{-2k|\tau|}[/tex]

    Omega and Omega primed can be integrated from -infinity to infinity ... if that helps

    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2007
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  3. Nov 21, 2007 #2
    Well this is just the product of two integrals like
    [tex]\int \frac{k}{\pi} \frac{1}{k^2 + \omega^2} e^{-i\omega \tau} d\omega[/tex]
    so all you have to do is integrate one of those.

    As for how to do it: do you know any complex analysis? The easiest way to compute this integral is to use the residue theorem. If you don't know the residue theorem, you might want to learn some complex; if you do, this should be enough of a hint already.
     
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