Laplace transform

Intro to the Laplace Transform \u0026 Three Examples
Intro to the Laplace Transform \u0026 Three Examples

Laplace transform

In mathematics, the Laplace transform, named after its discoverer Pierre-Simon Laplace (/ləˈplɑːs/), is an integral transform that converts a function of a real variable (usually , in the time domain) to a function of a complex variable (in the complex frequency domain, also known as s-domain, or s-plane). The transform has many applications in science and engineering because it is a tool for solving differential equations.[1] In particular, it transforms ordinary differential equations into algebraic equations and convolution into multiplication.[2][3] For suitable functions f, the Laplace transform is the integral


The Laplace transform is named after mathematician and astronomer Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, who used a similar transform in his work on probability theory.[4] Laplace wrote extensively about the use of generating functions (1814), and the integral form of the Laplace transform evolved naturally as a result.[5]

Laplace’s use of generating functions was similar to what is now known as the z-transform, and he gave little attention to the continuous variable case which was discussed by Niels Henrik Abel.[6] The theory was further developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries by Mathias Lerch,[7] Oliver Heaviside,[8] and Thomas Bromwich.[9]

The current widespread use of the transform (mainly in engineering) came about during and soon after World War II,[10] replacing the earlier Heaviside operational calculus. The advantages of the Laplace transform had been emphasized by Gustav Doetsch,[11] to whom the name Laplace transform is apparently due.

From 1744, Leonhard Euler investigated integrals of the form

These types of integrals seem first to have attracted Laplace’s attention in 1782, where he was following in the spirit of Euler in using the integrals themselves as solutions of equations.[15] However, in 1785, Laplace took the critical step forward when, rather than simply looking for a solution in the form of an integral, he started to apply the transforms in the sense that was later to become popular. He used an integral of the form

Laplace also recognised that Joseph Fourier’s method of Fourier series for solving the diffusion equation could only apply to a limited region of space, because those solutions were periodic. In 1809, Laplace applied his transform to find solutions that diffused indefinitely in space.[17]

Formal definition[edit]

The Laplace transform of a function f(t), defined for all real numbers t ≥ 0, is the function F(s), which is a unilateral transform defined by


where s is a complex frequency domain parameter

An alternate notation for the Laplace transform is instead of F.[3]

The meaning of the integral depends on types of functions of interest. A necessary condition for existence of the integral is that f must be locally integrable on [0, ∞). For locally integrable functions that decay at infinity or are of exponential type (), the integral can be understood to be a (proper) Lebesgue integral. However, for many applications it is necessary to regard it as a conditionally convergent improper integral at ∞. Still more generally, the integral can be understood in a weak sense, and this is dealt with below.

One can define the Laplace transform of a finite Borel measure μ by the Lebesgue integral[18]

An important special case is where μ is a probability measure, for example, the Dirac delta function. In operational calculus, the Laplace transform of a measure is often treated as though the measure came from a probability density function f. In that case, to avoid potential confusion, one often writes

This limit emphasizes that any point mass located at 0 is entirely captured by the Laplace transform. Although with the Lebesgue integral, it is not necessary to take such a limit, it does appear more naturally in connection with the Laplace–Stieltjes transform.

Bilateral Laplace transform[edit]

When one says “the Laplace transform” without qualification, the unilateral or one-sided transform is usually intended. The Laplace transform can be alternatively defined as the bilateral Laplace transform, or two-sided Laplace transform, by extending the limits of integration to be the entire real axis. If that is done, the common unilateral transform simply becomes a special case of the bilateral transform, where the definition of the function being transformed is multiplied by the Heaviside step function.

The bilateral Laplace transform F(s) is defined as follows:


An alternate notation for the bilateral Laplace transform is , instead of F.

Inverse Laplace transform[edit]

Two integrable functions have the same Laplace transform only if they differ on a set of Lebesgue measure zero. This means that, on the range of the transform, there is an inverse transform. In fact, besides integrable functions, the Laplace transform is a one-to-one mapping from one function space into another in many other function spaces as well, although there is usually no easy characterization of the range.

Typical function spaces in which this is true include the spaces of bounded continuous functions, the space L∞(0, ∞), or more generally tempered distributions on (0, ∞). The Laplace transform is also defined and injective for suitable spaces of tempered distributions.

In these cases, the image of the Laplace transform lives in a space of analytic functions in the region of convergence. The inverse Laplace transform is given by the following complex integral, which is known by various names (the Bromwich integral, the Fourier–Mellin integral, and Mellin’s inverse formula):


where γ is a real number so that the contour path of integration is in the region of convergence of F(s). In most applications, the contour can be closed, allowing the use of the residue theorem. An alternative formula for the inverse Laplace transform is given by Post’s inversion formula. The limit here is interpreted in the weak-* topology.

In practice, it is typically more convenient to decompose a Laplace transform into known transforms of functions obtained from a table, and construct the inverse by inspection.

Probability theory[edit]

In pure and applied probability, the Laplace transform is defined as an expected value. If X is a random variable with probability density function f, then the Laplace transform of f is given by the expectation

By convention, this is referred to as the Laplace transform of the random variable X itself. Here, replacing s by −t gives the moment generating function of X. The Laplace transform has applications throughout probability theory, including first passage times of stochastic processes such as Markov chains, and renewal theory.

Of particular use is the ability to recover the cumulative distribution function of a continuous random variable X, by means of the Laplace transform as follows:[19]

Algebraic construction[edit]

The Laplace transform can be alternatively defined in a purely algebraic manner by applying a field of fractions construction to the convolution ring of functions on the positive half-line. The resulting space of abstract operators is exactly equivalent to Laplace space, but in this construction the forward and reverse transforms never need to be explicitly defined (avoiding the related difficulties with proving convergence).[20]

Region of convergence[edit]

If f is a locally integrable function (or more generally a Borel measure locally of bounded variation), then the Laplace transform F(s) of f converges provided that the limit

The Laplace transform converges absolutely if the integral

The set of values for which F(s) converges absolutely is either of the form Re(s) > a or Re(s) ≥ a, where a is an extended real constant with −∞ ≤ a ≤ ∞ (a consequence of the dominated convergence theorem). The constant a is known as the abscissa of absolute convergence, and depends on the growth behavior of f(t).[21] Analogously, the two-sided transform converges absolutely in a strip of the form a < Re(s) < b, and possibly including the lines Re(s) = a or Re(s) = b.[22] The subset of values of s for which the Laplace transform converges absolutely is called the region of absolute convergence, or the domain of absolute convergence. In the two-sided case, it is sometimes called the strip of absolute convergence. The Laplace transform is analytic in the region of absolute convergence: this is a consequence of Fubini’s theorem and Morera’s theorem.

Similarly, the set of values for which F(s) converges (conditionally or absolutely) is known as the region of conditional convergence, or simply the region of convergence (ROC). If the Laplace transform converges (conditionally) at s = s0, then it automatically converges for all s with Re(s) > Re(s0). Therefore, the region of convergence is a half-plane of the form Re(s) > a, possibly including some points of the boundary line Re(s) = a.

In the region of convergence Re(s) > Re(s0), the Laplace transform of f can be expressed by integrating by parts as the integral

That is, F(s) can effectively be expressed, in the region of convergence, as the absolutely convergent Laplace transform of some other function. In particular, it is analytic.

There are several Paley–Wiener theorems concerning the relationship between the decay properties of f, and the properties of the Laplace transform within the region of convergence.

In engineering applications, a function corresponding to a linear time-invariant (LTI) system is stable if every bounded input produces a bounded output. This is equivalent to the absolute convergence of the Laplace transform of the impulse response function in the region Re(s) ≥ 0. As a result, LTI systems are stable, provided that the poles of the Laplace transform of the impulse response function have negative real part.

This ROC is used in knowing about the causality and stability of a system.

Properties and theorems[edit]

The Laplace transform has a number of properties that make it useful for analyzing linear dynamical systems. The most significant advantage is that differentiation becomes multiplication, and integration becomes division, by s (reminiscent of the way logarithms change multiplication to addition of logarithms).

Because of this property, the Laplace variable s is also known as operator variable in the L domain: either derivative operator or (for s−1) integration operator. The transform turns integral equations and differential equations to polynomial equations, which are much easier to solve. Once solved, use of the inverse Laplace transform reverts to the original domain.

Given the functions f(t) and g(t), and their respective Laplace transforms F(s) and G(s),

the following table is a list of properties of unilateral Laplace transform:[23]

Property Time domain s domain Comment
Linearity Can be proved using basic rules of integration.
Frequency-domain derivative F′ is the first derivative of F with respect to s.
Frequency-domain general derivative More general form, nth derivative of F(s).
Derivative f is assumed to be a differentiable function, and its derivative is assumed to be of exponential type. This can then be obtained by integration by parts
Second derivative f is assumed twice differentiable and the second derivative to be of exponential type. Follows by applying the Differentiation property to f′(t).
General derivative f is assumed to be n-times differentiable, with nth derivative of exponential type. Follows by mathematical induction.
Frequency-domain integration This is deduced using the nature of frequency differentiation and conditional convergence.
Time-domain integration u(t) is the Heaviside step function and (u ∗ f)(t) is the convolution of u(t) and f(t).
Frequency shifting
Time shifting a > 0, u(t) is the Heaviside step function
Time scaling a > 0
Multiplication The integration is done along the vertical line Re(σ) = c that lies entirely within the region of convergence of F.[24]
Circular convolution For periodic functions with period T.
Complex conjugation
Periodic function f(t) is a periodic function of period T so that f(t) = f(t + T), for all t ≥ 0. This is the result of the time shifting property and the geometric series.
Periodic summation
Initial value theorem
Final value theorem
, if all poles of are in the left half-plane.
The final value theorem is useful because it gives the long-term behaviour without having to perform partial fraction decompositions (or other difficult algebra). If F(s) has a pole in the right-hand plane or poles on the imaginary axis (e.g., if or ), then the behaviour of this formula is undefined.

Relation to power series[edit]

The Laplace transform can be viewed as a continuous analogue of a power series.[25] If a(n) is a discrete function of a positive integer n, then the power series associated to a(n) is the series

Changing the base of the power from x to e gives

For this to converge for, say, all bounded functions f, it is necessary to require that ln x < 0. Making the substitution −s = ln x gives just the Laplace transform:

In other words, the Laplace transform is a continuous analog of a power series, in which the discrete parameter n is replaced by the continuous parameter t, and x is replaced by e−s.

Relation to moments[edit]

The quantities

are the moments of the function f. If the first n moments of f converge absolutely, then by repeated differentiation under the integral,

Computation of the Laplace transform of a function’s derivative[edit]

It is often convenient to use the differentiation property of the Laplace transform to find the transform of a function’s derivative. This can be derived from the basic expression for a Laplace transform as follows:

The general result

Evaluating integrals over the positive real axis[edit]

A useful property of the Laplace transform is the following:

By plugging in the left-hand side turns into:

This method can be used to compute integrals that would otherwise be difficult to compute using elementary methods of real calculus. For example,

Relationship to other transforms[edit]

Laplace–Stieltjes transform[edit]

The (unilateral) Laplace–Stieltjes transform of a function g : ℝ → ℝ is defined by the Lebesgue–Stieltjes integral

The function g is assumed to be of bounded variation. If g is the antiderivative of f:

then the Laplace–Stieltjes transform of g and the Laplace transform of f coincide. In general, the Laplace–Stieltjes transform is the Laplace transform of the Stieltjes measure associated to g. So in practice, the only distinction between the two transforms is that the Laplace transform is thought of as operating on the density function of the measure, whereas the Laplace–Stieltjes transform is thought of as operating on its cumulative distribution function.[26]

Fourier transform[edit]

The Fourier transform is a special case (under certain conditions) of the bilateral Laplace transform. While the Fourier transform of a function is a complex function of a real variable (frequency), the Laplace transform of a function is a complex function of a complex variable. The Laplace transform is usually restricted to transformation of functions of t with t ≥ 0. A consequence of this restriction is that the Laplace transform of a function is a holomorphic function of the variable s. Unlike the Fourier transform, the Laplace transform of a distribution is generally a well-behaved function. Techniques of complex variables can also be used to directly study Laplace transforms. As a holomorphic function, the Laplace transform has a power series representation. This power series expresses a function as a linear superposition of moments of the function. This perspective has applications in probability theory.

The Fourier transform is equivalent to evaluating the bilateral Laplace transform with imaginary argument s = iω or s = 2πiξ[27] when the condition explained below is fulfilled,

This convention of the Fourier transform ( in Fourier transform § Other conventions) requires a factor of 1/2π on the inverse Fourier transform. This relationship between the Laplace and Fourier transforms is often used to determine the frequency spectrum of a signal or dynamical system.

The above relation is valid as stated if and only if the region of convergence (ROC) of F(s) contains the imaginary axis, σ = 0.

For example, the function f(t) = cos(ω0t) has a Laplace transform F(s) = s/(s2 + ω02) whose ROC is Re(s) > 0. As s = iω0 is a pole of F(s), substituting s = iω in F(s) does not yield the Fourier transform of f(t)u(t), which is proportional to the Dirac delta function δ(ω − ω0).

However, a relation of the form

Mellin transform[edit]

The Mellin transform and its inverse are related to the two-sided Laplace transform by a simple change of variables.

If in the Mellin transform


The unilateral or one-sided Z-transform is simply the Laplace transform of an ideally sampled signal with the substitution of


The Laplace transform of the sampled signal xq(t) is

This is the precise definition of the unilateral Z-transform of the discrete function x[n]

Comparing the last two equations, we find the relationship between the unilateral Z-transform and the Laplace transform of the sampled signal,

The similarity between the Z- and Laplace transforms is expanded upon in the theory of time scale calculus.

Borel transform[edit]

The integral form of the Borel transform

Fundamental relationships[edit]

Since an ordinary Laplace transform can be written as a special case of a two-sided transform, and since the two-sided transform can be written as the sum of two one-sided transforms, the theory of the Laplace-, Fourier-, Mellin-, and Z-transforms are at bottom the same subject. However, a different point of view and different characteristic problems are associated with each of these four major integral transforms.

Table of selected Laplace transforms[edit]

The following table provides Laplace transforms for many common functions of a single variable.[28][29] For definitions and explanations, see the Explanatory Notes at the end of the table.

Because the Laplace transform is a linear operator,

  • The Laplace transform of a sum is the sum of Laplace transforms of each term.
  • The Laplace transform of a multiple of a function is that multiple times the Laplace transformation of that function.

Using this linearity, and various trigonometric, hyperbolic, and complex number (etc.) properties and/or identities, some Laplace transforms can be obtained from others more quickly than by using the definition directly.

The unilateral Laplace transform takes as input a function whose time domain is the non-negative reals, which is why all of the time domain functions in the table below are multiples of the Heaviside step function, u(t).

The entries of the table that involve a time delay τ are required to be causal (meaning that τ > 0). A causal system is a system where the impulse response h(t) is zero for all time t prior to t = 0. In general, the region of convergence for causal systems is not the same as that of anticausal systems.

Function Time domain Laplace s-domain Region of convergence Reference
unit impulse all s inspection
delayed impulse time shift of

unit impulse

unit step integrate unit impulse
delayed unit step time shift of

unit step

rectangular impulse
ramp integrate unit

impulse twice

nth power

(for integer n)

(n > −1)

integrate unit

step n times

qth power

(for complex q)

nth root Set q = 1/n above.
nth power with frequency shift Integrate unit step,

apply frequency shift

delayed nth power

with frequency shift

integrate unit step,

apply frequency shift,

apply time shift

exponential decay Frequency shift of

unit step

two-sided exponential decay

(only for bilateral transform)

Frequency shift of

unit step

exponential approach unit step minus

exponential decay

sine [32]
cosine [32]
hyperbolic sine [33]
hyperbolic cosine [33]
exponentially decaying

sine wave

exponentially decaying

cosine wave

natural logarithm [33]
Bessel function

of the first kind,

of order n

(n > −1)

Error function [34]
Explanatory notes:

s-domain equivalent circuits and impedances[edit]

The Laplace transform is often used in circuit analysis, and simple conversions to the s-domain of circuit elements can be made. Circuit elements can be transformed into impedances, very similar to phasor impedances.

Here is a summary of equivalents:

Note that the resistor is exactly the same in the time domain and the s-domain. The sources are put in if there are initial conditions on the circuit elements. For example, if a capacitor has an initial voltage across it, or if the inductor has an initial current through it, the sources inserted in the s-domain account for that.

The equivalents for current and voltage sources are simply derived from the transformations in the table above.

Examples and applications[edit]

The Laplace transform is used frequently in engineering and physics; the output of a linear time-invariant system can be calculated by convolving its unit impulse response with the input signal. Performing this calculation in Laplace space turns the convolution into a multiplication; the latter being easier to solve because of its algebraic form. For more information, see control theory. The Laplace transform is invertible on a large class of functions. Given a simple mathematical or functional description of an input or output to a system, the Laplace transform provides an alternative functional description that often simplifies the process of analyzing the behavior of the system, or in synthesizing a new system based on a set of specifications.[35]

The Laplace transform can also be used to solve differential equations and is used extensively in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The Laplace transform reduces a linear differential equation to an algebraic equation, which can then be solved by the formal rules of algebra. The original differential equation can then be solved by applying the inverse Laplace transform. English electrical engineer Oliver Heaviside first proposed a similar scheme, although without using the Laplace transform; and the resulting operational calculus is credited as the Heaviside calculus.

Evaluating improper integrals[edit]

Let . Then (see the table above)

In the limit , one gets

The validity of this identity can be proved by other means. It is an example of a Frullani integral.

Another example is Dirichlet integral.

Complex impedance of a capacitor[edit]

In the theory of electrical circuits, the current flow in a capacitor is proportional to the capacitance and rate of change in the electrical potential (with equations as for the SI unit system). Symbolically, this is expressed by the differential equation

Taking the Laplace transform of this equation, we obtain

Solving for V(s) we have

The definition of the complex impedance Z (in ohms) is the ratio of the complex voltage V divided by the complex current I while holding the initial state V0 at zero:

Using this definition and the previous equation, we find:

Impulse response[edit]

Consider a linear time-invariant system with transfer function

The impulse response is simply the inverse Laplace transform of this transfer function:

Partial fraction expansion

To evaluate this inverse transform, we begin by expanding H(s) using the method of partial fraction expansion,

The unknown constants P and R are the residues located at the corresponding poles of the transfer function. Each residue represents the relative contribution of that singularity to the transfer function’s overall shape.

By the residue theorem, the inverse Laplace transform depends only upon the poles and their residues. To find the residue P, we multiply both sides of the equation by s + α to get

Then by letting s = −α, the contribution from R vanishes and all that is left is

Similarly, the residue R is given by

Note that

Finally, using the linearity property and the known transform for exponential decay (see Item #3 in the Table of Laplace Transforms, above), we can take the inverse Laplace transform of H(s) to obtain


The same result can be achieved using the convolution property as if the system is a series of filters with transfer functions 1/(s + α) and 1/(s + β). That is, the inverse of

Phase delay[edit]

Time function Laplace transform

Starting with the Laplace transform,

We are now able to take the inverse Laplace transform of our terms:

This is just the sine of the sum of the arguments, yielding:

We can apply similar logic to find that

Statistical mechanics[edit]

In statistical mechanics, the Laplace transform of the density of states defines the partition function.[36] That is, the canonical partition function is given by

Spatial (not time) structure from astronomical spectrum[edit]

The wide and general applicability of the Laplace transform and its inverse is illustrated by an application in astronomy which provides some information on the spatial distribution of matter of an astronomical source of radiofrequency thermal radiation too distant to resolve as more than a point, given its flux density spectrum, rather than relating the time domain with the spectrum (frequency domain).

Assuming certain properties of the object, e.g. spherical shape and constant temperature, calculations based on carrying out an inverse Laplace transformation on the spectrum of the object can produce the only possible model of the distribution of matter in it (density as a function of distance from the center) consistent with the spectrum.[37] When independent information on the structure of an object is available, the inverse Laplace transform method has been found to be in good agreement.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Arendt, Wolfgang; Batty, Charles J.K.; Hieber, Matthias; Neubrander, Frank (2002), Vector-Valued Laplace Transforms and Cauchy Problems, Birkhäuser Basel, ISBN 978-3-7643-6549-3.
  • Davies, Brian (2002), Integral transforms and their applications (Third ed.), New York: Springer, ISBN 978-0-387-95314-4
  • Deakin, M. A. B. (1981), “The development of the Laplace transform”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 25 (4): 343–390, doi:10.1007/BF01395660, S2CID 117913073
  • Deakin, M. A. B. (1982), “The development of the Laplace transform”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 26 (4): 351–381, doi:10.1007/BF00418754, S2CID 123071842
  • Doetsch, Gustav (1974), Introduction to the Theory and Application of the Laplace Transformation, Springer, ISBN 978-0-387-06407-9
  • Mathews, Jon; Walker, Robert L. (1970), Mathematical methods of physics (2nd ed.), New York: W. A. Benjamin, ISBN 0-8053-7002-1
  • Polyanin, A. D.; Manzhirov, A. V. (1998), Handbook of Integral Equations, Boca Raton: CRC Press, ISBN 978-0-8493-2876-3
  • Schwartz, Laurent (1952), “Transformation de Laplace des distributions”, Comm. Sém. Math. Univ. Lund [Medd. Lunds Univ. Mat. Sem.] (in French), 1952: 196–206, MR 0052555
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External links[edit]

  • “Laplace transform”, Encyclopedia of Mathematics, EMS Press, 2001 [1994]
  • Online Computation of the transform or inverse transform,
  • Tables of Integral Transforms at EqWorld: The World of Mathematical Equations.
  • Weisstein, Eric W. “Laplace Transform”. MathWorld.
  • Good explanations of the initial and final value theorems Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  • Laplace Transforms at MathPages
  • Computational Knowledge Engine allows to easily calculate Laplace Transforms and its inverse Transform.
  • Laplace Calculator to calculate Laplace Transforms online easily.
  • Code to visualize Laplace Transforms and many example videos.

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