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Homework Help: Fourier Transforms

  1. Mar 27, 2005 #1
    I am having a little trouble. I am asked to evaluate the fourier transform of a periodic train of triangle shaped pulses. Then I have to evaluate the power spectral density. Now it is very easy to find the fourier transform of one of the triangles, but what do I do when it is periodic? Do I have evaluate the signal with the fourier series and using the relationships between the magnitude of Dn to find the mag. of F(w) and then get the spectral density?
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  3. Mar 28, 2005 #2
    A train of triangles could also be written as a single triangle convolved with an impulse train. Do you know what convolution in the time domain becomes in the frequency domain?
  4. Mar 28, 2005 #3
    Ya in the frequency domain it becomes autocorrelation. But is that the only way?
  5. Mar 28, 2005 #4
    If autocorrelation means multiplication, then yes, that is correct. Convolution in one domain goes to multiplication in the other.

    Maybe there's an easier way to do it, but I don't think this way is that hard.

    A triangle is a box convolved with another box. A box is a sinc(x) function, so a triangle would be sinc(x)^2.

    The Fourier transform of an impulse train is another impulse train, but with different spacing and weights.

    Multiply the two together, and you get a sampled sinc(x)^2 function. Yes?
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