in which:

  • $x_{c}(t)$ is a continuous-time signal
  • $X(j\Omega)$ is the Fourier Transform of $x_{c}(t)$
  • $\Phi_{xx}(j\Omega)$ is the Power Spectrum Density of $x_{c}(t)$ which defined as Fourier Transform of auto-correlation of $x_{c}(t)$.

in other words I want to know when it is said that a signal is band-limited which is the case? band-limited according to $X(j\Omega)$ or $\Phi_{xx}(j\Omega)$? or if it's a relationship between two cases what it is.


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The autocorrelation of $x(t)$ is

$$r_x(t)=x(t)\star x(-t)\tag{1}$$

where $\star$ denotes convolution. Taking the Fourier transform of $(1)$ gives


$S_x(\omega)$ is the energy density of $x(t)$, and according to $(2)$ it equals the squared magnitude of the Fourier transform of $x(t)$. So if $x(t)$ is band-limited, both $X(\omega)$ and $S_x(\omega)$ are zero outside the signal's bandwidth.

Note that a deterministic continuous signal which has a Fourier transform (represented by an ordinary function) is usually an energy signal, which doesn't have a power spectrum (only an energy density).

  • $\begingroup$ thanks, and what if x(t) be a stochastic process? $\endgroup$ Jul 17, 2020 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ @m-sh-shokouhi: A stochastic process generally doesn't have a Fourier transform, just a power spectrum. The latter determines whether the process is band-limited or not. $\endgroup$
    – Matt L.
    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:06

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