The Uncertainty Principle in Harmonic Analysis

  • Victor Havin
  • Burglind Jöricke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Uncertainty Principle Without Complex Variables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 11-52
    3. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 53-86
    4. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 87-116
  4. Complex Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 119-195
    3. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 197-265
    4. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 267-394
    5. Victor Havin, Burglind Jöricke
      Pages 473-521
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 523-547

About this book


The present book is a collection of variations on a theme which can be summed up as follows: It is impossible for a non-zero function and its Fourier transform to be simultaneously very small. In other words, the approximate equalities x :::::: y and x :::::: fj cannot hold, at the same time and with a high degree of accuracy, unless the functions x and yare identical. Any information gained about x (in the form of a good approximation y) has to be paid for by a corresponding loss of control on x, and vice versa. Such is, roughly speaking, the import of the Uncertainty Principle (or UP for short) referred to in the title ofthis book. That principle has an unmistakable kinship with its namesake in physics - Heisenberg's famous Uncertainty Principle - and may indeed be regarded as providing one of mathematical interpretations for the latter. But we mention these links with Quantum Mechanics and other connections with physics and engineering only for their inspirational value, and hasten to reassure the reader that at no point in this book will he be led beyond the world of purely mathematical facts. Actually, the portion of this world charted in our book is sufficiently vast, even though we confine ourselves to trigonometric Fourier series and integrals (so that "The U. P. in Fourier Analysis" might be a slightly more appropriate title than the one we chose).


Fourier transform Fouriertransformation Newton Potential Potential Quasi-Analysierbarkeit Quasianalytizität Uncertainty Principle fourier analysis functional analysis harmonic analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Victor Havin
    • 1
  • Burglind Jöricke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der WissenschaftenBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78379-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78377-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0071-1136
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