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Inverse Fourier Transform using MATLAB

  1. Jun 1, 2008 #1
    I would like to do an inverse fourier transform using MATLAB's IFFT. I am confused by MATLAB'S single input of X for its IFFT function. Has anyone had experience using MATLAB for these tranforms?

    I would like to do an inversion of fourier transform for my function y(iw) at some value real value z. I am confused at how to specify my function y(iw) and z in MATLAB's IFFT(X).

    In the continuous setting, the inverse fourier transform, ift(), would be

    ift(z) = 1/2pi * Integral [ e^(-iwz) y(iw) dw ]

    In other words, I specify z and specify y, which is only a function of w which I am integrating over. But how do I do this using MATLAB's IFFT, when it only takes an input X...

    Does anyone have any recommendations of computationally solving these integrals for vectors of z and known analytical expression of y(iw)?
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  3. Jun 1, 2008 #2

    wahoooooooooo, the similar problem took couple days for me couple weeks ago! and i was so frustrated in that time.....

    Because this is not a physics problem and you are not suppose to think what Matlab designers liked to use as command! i think i am allowed to just copy all my work for you so you can learn the right commands to use ;)

    sorry that i don't have time to look cerefully to your problem (i am working on some other Matlab programs!!! ) but i am sure the below program will help you :


    % problem set 3
    % the function f and it's Fourier (inverse Fourier in Matlab) transform with diffrent methods
    % wm = w(mn)
    % W = w
    % T = Life time
    % tn= time variable
    % f in my funtion

    %part a:


    %part b
    %In this part I had found the fourier transition analetically myself and i
    %will plot the real and imaginary parts seperated


    %the real part of fourier transform of f
    R(i)=(1/T) /( (2*pi)*(((w(i)-wm)^2)+(1/(T^2))));
    %%the imaginary part of fourier transform of f


    %part c
    %In this part i have to let MatLab to find the fourier transformation and
    %plot the real and imaginary parts and comper them with the part b which
    %was the same problem but it was anatletically. the poin is is can make my
    %spacing farther in this part to see the diffrence more, i.e. in case of N=50


    for (p=1:N)
    f(p)=exp(-j*wm*tn(p)) * exp(-tn(p)/T);
    % j is the imajinary element which is mostly defined by i but Matlab
    % has problem with i so we wrote j and Matlab jot it!!! ;)



    good luck! ;)
  4. Jun 1, 2008 #3
    I need to know how can i plot different figures in different windows and have all those windows open separately simultaneously? any idea?
  5. Jun 2, 2008 #4
    It depends on what the aim. If it is simply to view them at once, without using MATLAB, you can simply insert the n figures in n panels in an editor, such as MS Word.
  6. Jun 2, 2008 #5
    Btw, thank you for your sample code. You may also find this offering by Mathematica interesting:

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    Your expression f() for which you are taking the Fourier transform, you may express as an input for their Fourier Transform function. I wonder what were MATLAB's challenges in conceptualizing and implement this...?
  7. Jun 3, 2008 #6
    cool! well............! i don't know! i have to look for it... ;)
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