Incomplete delta functions

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By applying projection operators to state vectors of coordinates, we obtain subspaces in which these states are no longer normalized according to Dirac's delta function but normalized according to what we call "incomplete delta functions." We show that this class of functions satisfy identities similar to those satisfied by the Dirac delta function. The incomplete delta functions may be employed advantageously in projected subspaces and in the link between functions defined on the whole space and the projected subspace. We apply a similar procedure to finite-dimensional vector spaces for which we define incomplete Kronecker deltas. Dispersion relations for the momenta are obtained and "sums over poles" are defined and obtained with the aid of differences of incomplete delta functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalFoundations of Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Delta functions
  • Dirac's formalism
  • Operators
  • Projection
  • Subspaces

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  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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