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The Hankel Transform is given by

Integrate[f[x] x BesselJ[0,x t],{x,0,Infinity}]

It is self-inverse, so

Integrate[F[t] t BesselJ[0,x t],{t,0,Infinity}]

gives the back-transformation.

I tried out a simple case:

Integrate[UnitBox[x/2] x BesselJ[0,x t],{x,0,Infinity}]

which promptly results in


This is correct. However, if I do the back-transformation:

Integrate[BesselJ[1,t]/t t BesselJ[0,x t],{t,0,Infinity}]

the integration takes noticably longer (which is expected since the function oscillates) and the result is


While that single condition would be correct - UnitBox[x/2] == 0 for x>1 - the rest of the function won't show up.

Is there any way to make the obviously missing parts show up?

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Try :

Integrate[BesselJ[1, t]/t t BesselJ[0, x t], {t, 0, Infinity}, 
   Assumptions -> { x > 0}]
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Why not Integrate[BesselJ[1, t] BesselJ[0, x t], {t, 0, Infinity}, Assumptions -> {x > 0}]? –  m_goldberg Feb 2 '13 at 14:45
That apparently works. Weird. I think I previously had a case where it didn't. –  kram1032 Feb 2 '13 at 14:55
@m_goldberg of course, that bit of simplifying would make it a bit faster but it's less general. I had this problem with more complex functions as input as well. Ones that wouldn't simplify so readily. –  kram1032 Feb 2 '13 at 14:56
Integrate[(Sin[t]-t Cos[t])/t^2 BesselJ[0,t x],{t,0,Infinity},Assumptions->x>0] should return something equivalent to UnitBox[x/2]Sqrt[1-x^2] (at least for x>0) but doesn't get evaluated at all. Without assumptions, it returns ConditionalExpression[0,x>1 || x<-1] - basically the same problem but not fixable with that simple assumption. –  kram1032 Feb 2 '13 at 15:05

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