# Questions tagged [fourier-transform]

The Fourier transform is a mathematical operation that decomposes a function into its constituent frequencies, known as a frequency spectrum.

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### How do I create a frequency vs time plot?

I'm a chemical engineer, not an EE, so this is a bit difficult. I'm trying to figure out how to take amplitude vs time data and transform it into frequency vs time. My first instinct is to slice my ...
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### Spherical equivalent of Nyquist frequency

Let $\phi$ be a scalar function defined on the surface of a sphere. I have samples of $\phi$ at various locations on the sphere. I want to apply a spherical harmonic transform. I know that $\phi$ is '...
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### Solving a Convolution Problem of a 1D Signal

I'm finding in trouble trying to resolve this exercise. I have to calculate the convolution of this signal: $$y(t)=e^{-kt}u(t)\frac{\sin\left(\dfrac{{\pi}t}{10}\right)}{({\pi}t)}$$ where $u(t)$ is ...
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### Why Do I Get This Crackling Noise on Zeroing out the High Frequencies?

I recently started playing with the Fourier transform (after spending a few weeks learning about the mathematics behind it). I decided to try hacking together a low-pass filter on the following sound ...
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### Conceptually, how does a Fourier transform differ from an autocorrelation?

I realize the two are derived using different algorithms, and the units are different, but from a conceptual standpoint of the information they provide how do they differ? I'm thinking here about the ...
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### Converting raw I/Q to dB

I am getting I/Q data from a software-defined radio. I want to do some stuff on signals in the data, but only if it exceeds a certain range. What is the general procedure to get dB (dBm, or anything)...
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### Fourier transform 4 times = original function (from Bracewell book)

I was glancing through "The Fourier Transform & Its Applications" by Ronald Bracewell, which is a good intro book on Fourier Transforms. In it, he says that if you take the FT of a function 4 ...
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### Comparison between Fourier transform, short time Fourier transform and wavelets

What is the difference between the Fourier transform, short time Fourier transform and wavelets?
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### Using the Inverse Filter to Correct a Spatially Convolved Image (Deconvolution)

As part of a homework assignment, we are implementing the Inverse Filter. Degrade an image then recover with an Inverse Filter. I convolve the image in the spatial domain with a 5x5 box filter. I FFT ...
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### Effect of windowing on noise

I understand that truncating a signal in time 'smears' the frequency response depending on the window chosen. In general, the shorter the signal duration, the more 'flattened' the frequency response, ...
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### Why are there so many windowing functions?

Many windowing functions are listed here in the Mathematica documentation. I tried using a few to reduce leakage when computing a Discrete Fourier Transform. From what I could tell it made little ...
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### Fourier transform artifacts

My starting point in what follows is a radially symmetric random field. Taking the Fourier transform of this (and plotting it in logarithm to highlight the patterns), I obtain the following image in ...
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### Phase shift and phase spectrum terms in multidimensional signal

I know about phase of a 1D signal. But when I go into higher dimensions like 2D,3D etc, it becomes headache to grasp the concept. What are the terms phase shift and phase spectrum mean in case of ...
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### Example of Fourier Transform not existing for real-life signals?

I got curious based on this question here, but basically, is there ever a real-life signal that exists where its Fourier transform does not exist? If a signal is not finite energy, then its Fourier ...
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### Complex conjugate and IFFT

I asked a question over on stack overflow. I'm having a slight problem however. As suggested by Paul R I am mirroring my lower $n/2$ bins into the upper $n/2$ bins. I have a few questions however. ...
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### Is the discrete Gaussian kernel an eigenfunction of the DFT?

So the Gaussian function is an eigenfunction of the Fourier transform because it transforms into itself, right? But this isn't true for the sampled Gaussian in the DFT because the tails of the ...
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### How one apply correctly FFT in image denoising

I'm writing program (Qt widgets/c++) for removing noise from images. As denoising method, i selected non local means method. This method has incredible quality of restored images (that's why it's the ...
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### Phase correlation vs. normalized cross-correlation

I asked this over at Mathematics Stack Exchange, but since this sort of lies on the border of the questions normally asked over there and the questions you see over here I'll ask it here as well. (As ...
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### Fastest implementation of fft in C++?

I have a MATLAB program that uses fft and ifft a lot. Now I want to translate it to C++ for production. I used OpenCV but I ...
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### Is a Fourier transform a sound way to analyse a transient signal?

I am currently working on a project that involves analysing transient signals from sensors. While not actually part of the analysis itself, I discussed it with the team, and they are using an fft to ...
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### Spectral Leakage in layman's terms

I'm trying to understand the concept of spectral leakage for the DFT, without going deep to the mathematical intricacies (it's for practical purposes). I've read from the book "Introduction to Digital ...
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### How to generalise the Fourier transform?

The Fourier transform takes a signal and splits it into a series of sine and cosine waves. I am told that it's supposed to be possible to split a signal into some other set of functions. My question ...
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### What happens if we change the limits of integral in Fourier transform?

By definition of Fourier transform $$X(\omega)=\int_{-\infty}^\infty x(t) e^{-j\omega t} dt$$ Now what will happen to the answer of transform for example in case of $x(t)= \cos(\omega_0 t)$ if ...
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### Scaling property of Fourier Transform

Problem 4.6(b) from Oppenheim, Wilsky & Nawab (2nd ed) reads: Given that $x(t)$ has the Fourier transform $X(j\omega)$, express the Fourier transform of $x(3t - 6)$ in terms of $X(j\omega)$. The ...
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### Why is not Fourier Transform Good for Non-linear Processes

I was reading through slides about Hilbert Huang Transform. In slide 14, which talks about the motivations of a new method instead of Fourier Transform (FT), the author provides those two reasons in ...
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### What is the Fourier Transform of a constant signal?

I am trying to figure out what the fourier transform of a constant signal is and for some reason i am coming to the conclusion that the answer is 1. Or better yet a step function.
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### Fourier Transform with both Time Delay and Frequency Shift

I know that the Fourier transform of a function with time delay can be written as: $$\mathscr{F}\big\{x(t-t_0)\big\}=X(f)e^{-j2\pi f t_0}$$ The Fourier transform of a function with frequency shift ...
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### STFT: why overlapping the window?

For STFT, we impose window of certain size onto the original signal, then we perform fft on each window. The uncertanty about frequency and time is determined by the width of the window, however, I ...
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### Variance of periodogram estimate of the power spectrum

I have been reading chapter 13.4. ("Power Spectrum Estimation Using the FFT") of the Numerical Recipies Book. Some things related to the expectation value of the "periodogram estimate of the power ...
For full disclosure, this is related to homework. I have to find the Fourier Transform of a function that I've boiled down to the following. I have a function $f(x,y)$ that I can think of as another ...