# Definition:Dirac Delta Distribution

## Definition

Let $a \in \R^d$ be a real vector.

Let $\phi \in \map \DD {\R^d}$ be a test function.

Let $\delta_a \in \map {\DD'} {\R^d}$ be a distribution.

Suppose $\delta_a$ is such that:

$\forall \phi \in \map \DD {\R^d} : \map {\delta_a} \phi = \map \phi a$

Then $\delta_a$ is known as the Dirac delta distribution.

## Source of Name

This entry was named for Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac.

## Also known as

$\delta_a$ is also written as $\map \delta a$.