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(Video) Module 1: Time vs Frequency Domains
  • 1 impulse response
  • 2 Some Fourier transform laws
  • 3 causal systems
  • 4 Calculation of the output signal
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impulsive reaction

in the area"First Fourier Integral"The book "Signal Representation" explains that for any deterministic signal $x(t)$ you can give the spectral function $X(f)$ by means of a Fourier transform. Often $X(f)$ is abbreviated as "ghost".

However, all information about the spectral function is already contained in the time domain representation, although not always immediately recognizable. The same facts apply to linear time-invariant systems.

$\text{Definition:}$ The most important quantity that describes a linear time-invariant system in the time domain is the inverse Fourier transform $H(f)$, which is denoted $\text{impulse response}$:

$$h(t) = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}H(f) \cdot {\rm e}^{\hspace{0,05cm}{\rm j}2\pi ft} \ hspace{0,15cm} {\rm d}f.$$

In this context, the following must be noted:

  • The frequency response $H(f)$ and the impulse response $h(t)$ are equivalent descriptive quantities that contain exactly the same information about the LTI system.
  • If a Dirac-shaped input $x(t) = δ(t)$ is used, then $X(f) = 1$ and $Y(f) = H(f)$ or $y(t) = h ( t)$ are correct.
  • The term "impulse response" reflects this statement: $h(t)$ is the response of the system to a (Dirac delta) function as input.
  • The above definition implies that each impulse response must have the unit $\text{Hz = 1/s}$.

Quadratic impulse response and related quantity spectrum

$\text{Example 1:}$ The impulse response $h(t)$ of the so-called "rectangle-in-time" filter is constant in the $T$ time interval and zero outside this time interval.

  • The associated amplitude response is the magnitude of the frequency response
$$\vert H(f)\vert = \vert {\rm si}(\pi fT)\vert \hspace{0,5cm}\tekst{med}\hspace{0,5cm}{\rm si}( x) =\sin(x)/x={\rm sinc}(x/\pi).$$
  • The area over $h(t)$ is equal to $H(f = 0) = 1$. This is caused by:
    In the interval $0 < t < T$, the impulse response must be constant and equal to $1/T$.
  • The phase response is given by
$$b(f) = \left\{ \begin{array}{l} \hspace{0,25cm}\pi/T \\ - \pi/T \\ \end{array} \right.\quad \ quad \begin{array}{*{20}c} \text{for} \\ \text{for} \\ \end{array}\begin{array}{*{20}c}{\left \vert \ hspace {0,05cm} f\hspace{0,05cm} \right \vert > 0,} \\{\vert \hspace{0,05cm} f \hspace{0,05cm} \vert < 0.} \\ \end{tablica} $$
  • With symmetric $h(t)$ around $t = 0$ (ie, not causal) ⇒ $b(f)=0$.

Some Fourier transform laws

The$\text{set of Fourier transforms}$has already been explained in detail in the book "Signal Representation".

Below is a brief summary where $H(f)$ describes the frequency response of the LTI system and its inverse Fourier transform $h(t)$ is the impulse response. Laws and regulations are generally applied more often$\text{Exercise}$to this chapter "System description in the time domain".

Here, too, we refer to a (German) didactic film"Laws for the Fourier Transform"⇒ "Truths of the Fourier Transform".

The Fourier transform is used in the following equations. The filled circle indicates the spectral range, the white the time interval.

  • »multiplication« at constant factor:
$$k \cdot H(f)\bullet\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\circ\,k \cdot h(t).$$
$k \lt 1$ is attenuation, while $k \gt 1$ is amplification.
  • »equality theorem«:
$$H({f}/{k})\bullet\!\!-\!\!\!\!\!\!\!-\!\!\circ\,|k| \cdot h(k\cdot t).$$
  1. This means: Compression $(k < 1)$ of the frequency response leads to a wider and lower impulse response.
  2. The expansion $(k > 1)$ $H(f)$ makes $h(t)$ narrower and taller.
  • »offset set« in the frequency and time domain:
$$H(f - f_0) \bullet\!\!-\!\!\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\circ\, h( t )\cdot {\rm e}^{ \hspace{0,05cm}{\rm j}2\pi f_0 t},$$
$$H(f) \cdot {\rm e}^{-{\rm j}2\pi ft_0}\bullet\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\!\!-\!\ !\cyrk\, h(t-t_0).$$
  1. Shift $t_0$ ("runtime") thus leads to a multiplication with a complex exponential function in the frequency domain.
  2. This does not change the amplitude response $|H(f)|$.
  • »differential set« in the frequency and time domain:
$$\frac{1}{{{\rm j}2\pi}} \cdot \frac{{{\rm d}H( f )}}{{{\rm d}f}} \bullet\! \!-\!\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\circ\,- t \cdot h( t ),$$
$${\rm j}\cdot 2\pi f \cdot H( f ){}\bullet\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\circ\, \frac{{{\rm d}h(t)}}{{\rm d}t}.$$
The differential element in the LTI system leads to a multiplication by ${\rm j}\cdot 2πf$ in the frequency domain
that is, among other things, to a phase shift of $90^{\circ}$.

causal systems

$\text{Definition:}$ An LTI system is called $\text{causal}$ if the impulse response $h(t)$ - the inverse Fourier transform of the frequency response $H(f)$ - fulfills the following condition :

$$h(t) = 0 \hspace{0,25cm}{\rm dla}\hspace{0,25cm} t < 0,$$

If this condition is not met, the system will »uncaused' (or 'causeless').

$\text{Note:}$ Every viable system is causal.

(Video) Control Systems Lectures - Time and Frequency Domain

$\rm A$ the non-causal system and $\rm B$ the causal system

$\text{Example 2:}$ The diagram illustrates the differences between the $\rm A$ noncausal system and the $\rm B$ causal system.

  • In the $\rm A$ system, the effect $($w $t =\hspace{0.05cm} –T)$ starts earlier than the cause $($Dirac delta function at $t = 0)$ , which is obviously not possible in practice.
  • Almost any noncausal system can be converted to a realizable causal system using $\tau$ at runtime.
  • For eksempel, for $\tau = T$: $h_{\rm B}(t) = h_{\rm A}(t - T).$

All statements so far apply to both causal and non-causal systems.

However, some specific properties can be used to describe causal systems, as explained in the book's third main chapter "Description of Causally Realized Systems" in the book$\text{this book}$.

In this first and next second main chapter, we will mainly deal with non-causal systems, since their mathematical description is usually simpler.

  • In this example, the frequency response $H_{\rm A}(f)$ is real,
  • while for $H_{\rm B}(f)$ the extra term ${\rm e}^{–{\rm j2π}f\hspace{0.05cm}T}$ must be included.

Calculation of the output signal

Consider the following problem: The input $x(t)$ and the frequency response $H(f)$ are known. Specify the output signal $y(t)$.

To determine LTI system performance figures

(Video) Time domain - tutorial 7: system properties

If the solution is to be determined in the frequency domain, the spectrum X(f)$ must first be determined from the given input signal $x(t)$ using$\text{Fourier Transform}$and multiplied by the frequency response $H(f)$. till$\text{inverse Fourier transform}$product, the signal $y(t)$ is obtained.

Here is an overview of the entire solution process:

$${\rm 1.\,\, Schritt\hspace{-0,1cm} :}\hspace{0,5cm} X(f)\bullet\!\!-\!\!\!\!-\!\ !\ !-\!\!\circ\, x( t )\hspace{1,55cm}{\rm input\:widmo},$$
$${\rm 2nd\,\, step\hspace{-0.1cm}:}\hspace{0.5cm}Y(f)= X(f) \cdot H(f) \hspace{0.82cm } {\rm output\:spektrum},$$
$${\rm 3.\,\, Schritt\hspace{-0,1cm}:}\hspace{0,5cm} y(t)\circ\!\!-\!\!\!\!-\!\ !\ !-\!\!\bullet\, Y(f )\hspace{1,55cm}{\rm Output\:Signal}.$$

The same result is obtained when calculated in the time domain by first deriving the impulse response $h(t)$ from the frequency response $H(f)$ using the "inverse Fourier transform" and then applying the convolution operation:

$$y(t) = x (t) * h (t) = \int_{ - \infty }^{ + \infty } {x ( \tau )} \cdot h ( {t - \tau } ) \hspace {0,1cm}{\rm d}\tau.$$
  • The results are identical for both approaches.
  • You should specifically choose a solution method that requires less computational effort.

$\text{Example 3:}$ At the input of the rectangular impulse response filter $h(t)$ with a width of $T$ (see$\text{Example 1}$) a rectangular pulse $x(t)$ of duration $2T$ was applied.

Trapezoid output because $x(t)$ and $h(t)$ are rectangular

In this case, it is more practical to calculate directly in the time domain:

  • Combining two rectangles $x(t)$ and $h(t)$ with different widths leads to the trapezoid output $y(t)$.
  • The low-pass property of the filter can be recognized by the final edge steepness $y(t)$.
  • The pulse height of $(3\text{ V)}$ is preserved in this example thanks to
$$H(f = 0) = 1/T · T = 1,$$

trin respons

$\text{Definition:}$ In practice, one of the commonly used input functions $x(t)$ is to measure $H(f)$ »drinking function«

$${\rm \gamma}(t) = \left\{ \begin{array}{l} \hspace{0,25cm}0 \\ 0,5 \\ \hspace{0,25cm} 1 \\ \ end{array} \right.\quad \quad\begin{array}{*{20}c} \text{for} \\ \text{for}\\ \text{for} \\ \end{array}\ start{array} {*{20}c}{\vert \hprzestrzeń{0,05cm} t\hprzestrzeń{0,05cm} \vert < 0,} \\ {\vert \hprzestrzeń{0,05cm}t\hprzestrzeń {0,05cm } \vert = 0,} \\ {\vert \hspace{0,05cm} t \hspace{0,05cm} \vert > 0.} \\ \end{array}$$

trin respons« $\sigma(t)$ is the response of the system when the step function $\gamma(t)$ is applied to the input:

$$x(t) = {\rm \gamma}(t)\hspace{0,5cm}\højre pil \hspace{0,5cm}y(t)={\rm \sigma}(t).$ $

The calculation in the frequency domain would be a bit complicated here, as the following equation would have to be used:

(Video) Time Domain Specifications

$${\rm \sigma}(t)\circ\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\!-\!\!\bullet\, X(f ) \cdot H(f) =\venstre({1}/{2}\cdot \delta(f) + \frac{1}{{\rm j}\cdot 2\pi f} \right) \cdot H(f).$$

Whereas a calculation in the time domain leads directly to the result:

$${\rm \sigma}(t) = \int_{ - \infty }^{ t } {h ( \tau )} \hspace{0,1cm}{\rm d}\tau.$$

For causal systems $h(\tau) = 0$ for $\tau \lt 0$, so the lower limit of integration in the above equation can be set to $\tau = 0$.

$\text{Proof:}$ The above result is also instructive for the following reason:

  • The step function $\gamma(t)$ is related to the Dirac delta function $\delta(t)$ as follows:
$${\rm \gamma}(t) = \int_{ - \infty }^{ t } {\delta ( \tau )} \hspace{0,1cm}{\rm d}\tau.$$
  • Since we have assumed that linearity and integration are linear operations, the corresponding relationship also applies to the output signal:
$${\rm \sigma}(t) = \int_{ - \infty }^{ t } {h ( \tau )} \hspace{0,1cm}{\rm d}\tau.$$

what should be displayed.

Calculation of the step response of a square wave impulse response

$\text{Example 4:}$ The graphic illustrates the situation for the rectangular impulse response $h(\tau)$.

  • The abscissa has been renamed $\tau$.
  • The step function $\gamma(\tau)$ is drawn in blue.
  • $\gamma(t - \tau)$ is obtained by reflection and displacement ⇒ purple dashed curve.
  • The red shaded region therefore indicates the step response $\sigma(\tau)$ at time $\tau = t$.

chapter exercises

Exercise 1.3: Measured step response

Exercise 1.3Z: Exponentially decaying impulse response

Lab 1.4: Second-order low-pass filter

Problem 1.4Z: Everything rectangular

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1. Time Domain vs. Frequency Domain, What’s the Difference? – What the RF (S01E02)
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2. Significance of Time domain and Frequency domain
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3. Time Domain analysis of LTI Systems - Convolution Sum Introduction
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4. Lecture-45: Time domain to Frequency domain Conversion: Need of Fourier Transform (English Ver.)
5. Time Domain Methods in Speech Processing
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6. Time domain - tutorial 1: what is signal processing?


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