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A Student's Guide to Fourier Transforms
With Applications in Physics and Engineering

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521176835

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  • Fourier transform theory is of central importance in a vast range of applications in physical science, engineering and applied mathematics. Providing a concise introduction to the theory and practice of Fourier transforms, this book is invaluable to students of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computer science. After a brief description of the basic ideas and theorems, the power of the technique is illustrated through applications in optics, spectroscopy, electronics and telecommunications. The rarely discussed but important field of multi-dimensional Fourier theory is covered, including a description of Computer Axial Tomography (CAT scanning). The book concludes by discussing digital methods, with particular attention to the Fast Fourier Transform and its implementation. This new edition has been revised to include new and interesting material, such as convolution with a sinusoid, coherence, the Michelson stellar interferometer and the van Cittert–Zernike theorem, Babinet's principle and dipole arrays.

    • A guide to a basic mathematical tool, emphasizing the practical applications of Fourier theory
    • Now includes convolution with a sinusoid, coherence, the Michelson stellar interferometer and the van Cittert–Zernike theorem, Babinet's principle and dipole arrays
    • Demonstrates the technique through applications in optics, spectroscopy, electronics and telecommunications
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    From previous editions: 'It is the wide range of topics that makes this book so appealing … I highly recommend this book for the advanced student … Even the expert who wants a deeper appreciation of the Fourier transform will find the book useful.' Computers in Physics

    '… this is an excellent book to initiate students who possess a reasonable mathematical background to the use of Fourier transforms …' Microscopy and Analysis

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521176835
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 1 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • contains: 73 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Physics and Fourier transforms
    2. Useful properties and theorems
    3. Applications 1: Fraunhofer diffraction
    4. Applications 2: signal analysis and communication theory
    5. Applications 3: spectroscopy and spectral line shapes
    6. Two-dimensional Fourier transforms
    7. Multi-dimensional Fourier transforms
    8. The formal complex Fourier transform
    9. Discrete and digital Fourier transforms
    10. Appendix
    11. Bibliography
    12. Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Applications of the wave equation
  • Author

    J. F. James
    John James has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota, Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Optical Society of America and of the International Astronomical Union. His research interests include the invention, design and construction of astronomical instruments and their use in astronomy, cosmology and upper-atmosphere physics.

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