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Schwartz function

For the Schwartz space of a semisimple Lie group, see Harish-Chandra's Schwartz space.

In mathematics, Schwartz space is the function space of functions all of whose derivatives are rapidly decreasing. This space has the important property that the Fourier transform is an automorphism on this space. This property enables one, by duality, to define the Fourier transform for elements in the dual space of S, that is, for tempered distributions. The Schwartz space was named in honour of Laurent Schwartz by Alexander Grothendieck.[1] A function in the Schwartz space is sometimes called a Schwartz function.


The Schwartz space or space of rapidly decreasing functions on Rn is the function space

S \left(\mathbf{R}^n\right) = \left \{ f \in C^\infty(\mathbf{R}^n) \mid \|f\|_{\alpha,\beta} < \infty\quad \forall \alpha, \beta \right \},

where α, β are multi-indices, C(Rn) is the set of smooth functions from Rn to C, and

\|f\|_{\alpha,\beta}=\sup_{x\in\mathbf{R}^n} \left |x^\alpha D^\beta f(x) \right |.

Here, sup denotes the supremum, and we again use multi-index notation.

To put common language to this definition, we could note that a rapidly decreasing function is essentially a function f(x) such that f(x), f′(x), f′′(x), ... all exist everywhere on R and go to zero as x → ±∞ faster than any inverse power of x. Especially, S(Rn) is a subspace of the function space C(Rn) of infinitely smooth functions.

Examples of functions in the Schwartz Space

  • If i is a multi-index, and a is a positive real number, then
x^i e^{-a |x|^2} \in S(\mathbf{R}^n).
  • Any smooth function f with compact support is in S(Rn). This is clear since any derivative of f is continuous and supported in the support of f, so (xαDβ) f has a maximum in Rn by the extreme value theorem.


  • If 1 ≤ p ≤ ∞, then S(Rn) ⊂ Lp(Rn).
  • The Fourier transform is a linear isomorphism S(Rn) → S(Rn).
  • If fS(R), then f is uniformly continuous on R.


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