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Equation for a Complex Chirp

  1. Jan 5, 2007 #1
    Equation for a "Complex" Chirp

    Can anyone give me a general equation for a sinusoidal frequency dropping chirp.

    I want to calculate a waveform where the frequency drops a given fraction over a given number of cycles.

    The capacitance of the circuit I am trying to analyse changes with applied voltage and time of excitation resulting in a chirped waveform that drops from Fo to Fo/3 over about 10 cycles.
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  3. Jan 5, 2007 #2


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    The wavelength of A Sin(f(t)) is given by [itex]f(t)= 2\pi[/itex]. In order to have that change you need that to be a function of t rather than a constant. The function [itex]F_0(1- \frac{t}{9\pi}[/itex] changes from F_0 to 1/3 F0 as t changes from 0 to [itex]6\pi[/itex]. You need
  4. Jan 5, 2007 #3
    OK now, I sorted it out on my own eventually, Sadly when I compare the calculations to the measurements it looks like the frequency decays exponentially, so it's back to the drawing board.
    At least by deriving the linear case myself I know how to tackle the exponential case.
    I haven't even started the amplitude decay yet, this is going to be a nasty equation.
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