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## Integration related to gamma function using rectangle contour

[Ex 9] Watson’s complex integration $$\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}e^{-x^2}\,\cos(2ax)dx=e^{-a^2}\sqrt{\pi}$$ $$proof$$ Integrate the following function $$f(z) = e^{-z^2}$$ Use the following contour Note that the function is entire, hence $$\int^{L}_{-L} e^{-t^2}\,dt+\int^{L+ai}_{L} e^{-t^2}\,dt+\int^{-L}_{-L+ai} e^{-t^2}\,dt+\int^{-L+ai}_{L+ai}e^{-t^2}\,dt=0$$ For the forth integral use the substitution $x= t-ai$ $$\int^{-L+ai}_{L+ai}e^{-t^2}\,dt=\int^{-L}_{L}e^{-(x+ai)^2}\,dx=-e^{a^2}\int^{L}_{-L}e^{-x^2}\,e^{-2iax}dx$$ Take … Continue reading

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