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The topology of $C_0^\infty(M) $

I have read definitions in my PDE book as follows: If $M$ is a smooth paracompact manifold, the space of all linear functional on $C^\infty(M)$ is denoted by $E'$ and the space of all linear ...
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Is there dual space of the distributions $\mathcal{D}'(R)$?

Dear MOs, Let $\mathcal{D}(R):=C_c^\infty(R)$ be the smooth functions with compact support. Its dual space is the space $\mathcal{D}'(R)$ of distributions. This space $\mathcal{D}(R)$ has its weak ...
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Spectral gap of tempered distributions

Hi, Let $\Lambda\subset\mathbb{R}$ be an infinite discrete set of finite density (for simplicity one may take the density equals 1) and $\delta_{\lambda}$ is a unit mass located at the point ...
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Wightman fields vs local functionals vs operators

In QFT literature one wants to look at $n-$point correlation functions of "operators" inserted at $x$ say, $\cal{O}(x)$ and if $\phi_i$ are the fields then the quantity one has in mind is written as, ...
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Topology on the space of Schwartz Distributions

If we equip the Schwartz space $\mathcal{S}$ with its usual Fréchet space topology, then the space of continuous linear functionals $\mathcal{S}^\ast$ is known as the space of Schwartz distributions ...
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Decomposition of distributions

Can we write every (tempered) distribution $\psi$, say on $\mathbb{R}$, as the sum of two distributions $\psi = \psi_1 + \psi_2$ such that $\psi_1$ and the Fourier transform of $\psi_2$ are ...
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about decomposition of a non-negative definite operators

Hello, Many years before, I had the following problem. We first give a definition. Given a non-negative definite real-valued definite matrix $n^2\times n^2$ matrix $M$, it is called separable if it ...
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Can distribution theory be developed Riemann-free?

I imagine most people who frequent MO have been indoctrinated into the point of view that the Riemann integral can be safely discarded once one has taken the time to develop the Lebesgue integral. ...
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Equivalent references for Schwartz's book of the distribution theory

Hello, It seems that there is no English translation of the Schwartz's book 1966. I may need to use the spaces like $$ \dot{\mathcal{B}}(R),\quad \dot{\mathcal{B}}'(R),\quad \mathcal{B}(R),\quad ...
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A question about an equivalent definition of the Schwartz distribution

Hello, Does anyone know a reference or proof of the "if" part of the following statement? $$ \mu\in \mathcal{S}'(R)\quad\text{if and only if}\quad \mu*\alpha\in\mathcal{S}(R),\forall \alpha\in ...
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Distributions and measures

Hello, After reading the previous post, I still have some doubts. Let's consider everything on $R$ to avoid complications. Can we say that any distribution $\mu\in\mathcal{D}'(R)$ of zero order ...
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($n$-dimensional) Inverse Fourier transform of $\frac{1}{\| \mathbf{\omega} \|^{2\alpha}}$

Note: I first posted question on math.stackexchange and I got one reply, which was a bit helpful (I'm still trying to understand it fully), but did not explore the two solution cases that I mentioned. ...
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Distributions on product spaces

I hope this is suitable to MO. Question. Let $X$ and $Y$ be two open sets in $\mathbb R^n$ and $\mathbb R^m$, respectively. In what sense can we consider $\mathcal{D}^{\prime} \left(X\times Y\right)$ ...
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Rationale for Hadamard's finite part of a divergent integral

(Note: I asked this question a few days ago on math.stackexchange but didn't get any responses. I've therefore decided to post it here instead.) I have a problem justifying throwing away the ...
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Ergodicity of Convoluted White Noise

I have a question regarding ergodicity in infinite dimensional spaces. Let $\mathcal{D}$ be the space of distributions on a Schwartz space, and let $\mu$ be the white noise process which exists by ...
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Solving $x\partial_x f = 0$ over distributions

Solving $x\partial_x f = 0$ over 'normal' functions is the same as solving $\partial_x f = 0$, i.e. one gets $f(x)=c_1$ as the complete answer. But over distributions (if my calculations are ...
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Division of distributions by polynomials.

I'm trying to solve the equation $(1-|x|^2)T = 0$, where $T$ is a tempered distribution. I know how to do this (it is a common exercise) in dimension $1$. How can I solve it in higher dimensions? ...
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Inverse Fourier transform of class of infinitely differentiable function with compact support

For which $f \in S(R^n)$, the Schwartz class, $\hat f \in D(R^n)$ ?
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Notion of generalized function/distribution for functional derivatives?

Is there any work on defining something analogous to a generalized function for functions whose domain is a Hilbert or Banach space? Is there an extension of the notion of Frechet/Hadamard/Gateaux ...
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Proving $\int_{0}^{\infty} \sin x/x dx=\pi/2$ by test functions and distributions

There are $C^{\infty}$ test functions in $L^{1}(0, \infty)$ that make the integral value of $\int_{0}^{\infty}(\sin x/x) \phi(x) dx$ range from 0 to $\infty$. What does narrowing these test functions ...
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An elementary introduction of Colombeau's generalized function theory

Hello, I am wondering whether anyone know an elementary reference for Colombeau's theory on the multiplication of distributions? I encountered the problem of the square of Delta function. I need a ...
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A good reference for the wave front set

Hello, I am wondering whether anyone know some good references for the theory of wave front set, microlocal analysis? I have some basic knowledge of distribution theory at the level of the Rudin's ...
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fourier transform of (real) exponential

Is it possible to make sense, in distributional sense, of the Fourier transform of the exponential function (defined over the whole real line)?
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Explicit isomorphism between distributions and universal enveloping algebra

The universal enveloping algebra of a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ is isomorphic to the algebra of distributions on the Lie group $G$ with support at the identity. The proof I have of this fact uses the ...
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Existence of weak limits

Background: Three months ago, I asked this question, which is a bit related to the following (if the answer to it was Yes, then answer to this one would be Yes too, but since that was a No, it still ...
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Distributions more complicated than the Dirac δ and derivatives

The responses to another question clarifies that the best known examples of distributions that are not measures, are the derivatives of the delta and such. What I want to know is: Is that the only way ...
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Good books on theory of distributions

Hi all. I'm looking for english books with a good coverage of distribution theory. I'm a fan of Folland's Real analysis, but it only gives elementary notions on distributions. Thanks in advance.
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What do we know about the space of finite order distributions ?

Hi, (Question updated) My question is about the space of distributions of finite order $\mathcal{D}'_F$ (say on $\mathbb{R}^n$). What do we know about it ? From in the information I gathered, it ...
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What examples of distributions should I keep in mind?

I'm learning a bit about the theory of distributions. What examples of distributions will help me develop good intuition? Definitions: Let $U$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Write ...