|2|c|Table 2: Fourier Transformations|
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It is very simple to determine the Fourier transforms of all the functions in Table 1 using these simple properties of the Fourier transformation:
We can see from the Table 2 that the Fourier transforms of functions with discontinuities of order 0 behave at as .Meanwhile, in case of a discontinuity of order 1, behaves asymptotically as . Let us take, for instance, the third function from Table 1: . In this case, where Then
More generally, it is simple to prove that, if (i.e., is continuous), and if (i.e., is summable), then .Consequently, when , ,this convergence being not slower than .
We shall prove the following statement. Let f(t) be a right-sided function, and, let's suppose that, for all , (when ) in the same way as exp . Then:
As f(t) is a right-sided function, we have:
Repeating this N times we obtain
By definition of the order of discontinuity . From the condition concerning the behavior of f(k)(t) at , the integral on the righthand side of equation (7) converges to at . This means that the last equation is equivalent to equation (2). So the asymptotic behavior of the Fourier-transforms for high frequencies reflects the sharpness of the discontinuities of the (original) functions. Both notions (asymptotic behavior and discontinuities) are equivalent ones.