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# Sampling CT Signals: A Frequency Domain Perspective

Module by: Robert Nowak. E-mail the author

Summary: The module will provide an introduction to sampling a signal in the frequency domain and go through a basic example.

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## Understanding Sampling in the Frequency Domain

We want to relate x c t x c t directly to xn x n . Compute the CTFT of x s t= n = x c nTδtnT x s t n x c n T δ t n T

X s Ω= n = x c nTδtnTe(i)Ωtd t = n = x c nTδtnTe(i)Ωtd t = n =xne(i)ΩnT= n =xne(i)ωn=Xω X s Ω t n x c n T δ t n T Ω t n x c n T t δ t n T Ω t n x n Ω n T n x n ω n X ω
(1)
where ωΩT ω Ω T and Xω X ω is the DTFT of xn x n .

### Recall:

X s Ω=1T k = X c Ωk Ω s X s Ω 1 T k X c Ω k Ω s
Xω=1T k = X c Ωk Ω s =1T k = X c ω2πkT X ω 1 T k X c Ω k Ω s 1 T k X c ω 2 k T
(2)
where this last part is 2π 2 -periodic.

### Example 1: Speech

Speech is intelligible if bandlimited by a CT lowpass filter to the band ±4 kHz. We can sample speech as slowly as _____?

## Relating x[n] to sampled x(t)

Recall the following equality: x s t= n nxnTδtnT x s t n n x n T δ t n T

Recall the CTFT relation:

xαt 1αXΩα x α t 1 α X Ω α
(3)
where αα is a scaling of time and 1α 1 α is a scaling in frequency.
X s ΩXΩT X s Ω X Ω T
(4)

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