Working on some microwave stuff, read about this but can't understand the explanations online.
Basically what I understand is that it is a method to find different parts of a continuous signal.What have you found out and read so far?
Thank you! Finally something that made senseHmm. The Fourier Transform transforms a signal in the time domain (a varying voltage or whatever) into the frequency domain (a set of frequencies). It strictly applies to an infinitely long signal (with no beginning or end) and the resulting frequency domain signal can consist of a continuum of values.
Engineers use a Discrete Fourier Transform and that assumes a repeating g signal which you represent by a fixed number of values in a time window - say a sampled waveform from an electronic organ note. The DFT gives you a set of values of frequencies in that signal and the frequencies are all harmonics of the fundamental note. At its simplest, it would correspond to the draw-bar settings on an old fashioned Hammond Organ which give a particular audio wave form.
The Fast Fourier Transform is just a smart way to speed up the Fourier analysis by always using a number of samples that is a power of 2. i.e. 256 samples or 2048 or as many as you lime, depending on the accuracy you want. Single chips are available that will do that for you.
Glad that taster helped. There is a lot more to it, remember.Thank you! Finally something that made sense