# Questions related to Laplace Transform

While studying Laplace transform, I also some questions which I want to understand:

a) We used to say that Laplace transform include both real and imaginary part whereas in Fourier transform we only have imaginary part. But when we have to say about convergence we also choose Real part to be either >0 or <0 . I want to know why we ignore imaginary part?

b) If we have any function x(t) how do we determine that we have to take bilateral integral or unilateral integral. In the above case we have u(t) with the function so our limits are changed. But if we don't have $u(t)$ function with the exponential like $$x(t)=e^{at}$$ than how can we select bilateral or unilateral

Q2: what will be the Laplace Transform of $$f(t) = e^{at}$$

• This Question may help ( dsp.stackexchange.com/questions/25489/… ) Aug 17, 2016 at 5:35
• I attempted to provide an intuitive explanation of what it means "to be" in the Laplace s-domain in relation to the Fourier domain.. dsp.stackexchange.com/a/40506/26009 Jun 12, 2017 at 16:29
• 1/(s-a) R of real>real of a R Dec 11, 2020 at 8:33

• can you please tell me about If we have any function $x(t)$ how do we determine that we have to take bilateral integral or unilateral integral. In the above case we have $u(t)$ with the function so our limits are changed. But if we don't have $u(t)$ function with the exponential like $x(t)=e^{at}$ than how can we select the integral bilateral or unilateral? Nov 19, 2015 at 15:51
• Yup I was also guessing that as the $t>0$ it should be $Re(s−a)>0$.. right? Nov 19, 2015 at 17:10