Suppose we have this signal:

$$x(t)=5 \sin(2\pi 1000 t) \cos(2\pi 10000 t)$$

I calculated the Fourier transform as below:


and then I would like to convert it to $\omega$ form. I know that the result is

$$X(\omega )=\left(j\frac{5}{2}\right)\left[\delta(\omega -9000)+\delta(\omega +11000)-\delta(\omega -11000)-\delta(\omega +9000)\right]$$

I know that $\omega=2\pi f T$ where $T$ is sampling rate.

What I cannot understand is how we convert the Fourier transform of our signal to $\omega$ form using above formula.

  • $\begingroup$ do you mean the Discrete-Time Fourier Transform? $\endgroup$ Feb 20, 2016 at 3:06
  • $\begingroup$ See this answer on math.SE to see how to convert Fourier transforms with respect to the Hertzian frequency variable $f$ into Fourier transforms with respect to radian frequency variable $\omega$ in the more general case. Of course, for Dirac deltas, there are additional complications as pointed out in MattL's answer. $\endgroup$ Feb 20, 2016 at 18:15

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In your example there is no sampling involved, so you simply have $\omega=2\pi f$, where $f$ is the frequency in Hertz, and $\omega$ is the frequency in radians.

Your first result for $X(f)$ looks correct. However, your result for $X(\omega)$ is wrong. What you need to know to be able to convert an expression with Dirac deltas from $f$ to $\omega$ is the following relation:


With $a=2\pi$ and $\omega=2\pi f$ you get from $(1)$


You get the two following basic Fourier transform correspondences, depending on whether you use $f$ or $\omega=2\pi f$ as the frequency domain variable:

$$\begin{align}e^{j2\pi f_0t}&\longleftrightarrow \delta(f-f_0)\\ e^{j\omega_0t}&\longleftrightarrow 2\pi\delta(\omega-\omega_0)\end{align}$$

So your expression for $X(\omega)$ misses a factor of $\pi$, and the sums and differences of the two frequencies in the arguments of the Dirac deltas need to be multiplied by $2\pi$:

$$X(\omega)=\frac{5\pi j}{2}[\delta(\omega-2\pi9000)-\delta(\omega+2\pi9000)+\delta(\omega+2\pi11000)-\delta(\omega-2\pi11000)]$$


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