Abstract

Previous definitions of a discrete Hankel transform (DHT) have focused on methods to approximate the continuous Hankel integral transform. In this paper, we propose and evaluate the theory of a DHT that is shown to arise from a discretization scheme based on the theory of Fourier–Bessel expansions. The proposed transform also possesses requisite orthogonality properties which lead to invertibility of the transform. The standard set of shift, modulation, multiplication, and convolution rules are derived. In addition to the theory of the actual manipulated quantities which stand in their own right, this DHT can be used to approximate the continuous forward and inverse Hankel transform in the same manner that the discrete Fourier transform is known to be able to approximate the continuous Fourier transform.

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