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Homework Help: Power spectrum for real, imaginary and complex functions.

  1. Sep 6, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What can we say about the evenness and oddness of the power spectrum (|F(s)|[itex]^{2}[/itex]) if the input fuction is purely real, purely imaginary or complex?

    I know that a real function will give an even power spectrum. But I can't prove it!

    2. Relevant equations
    F(s) = A(s)e[itex]^{j\Phi(s)}[/itex]
    |F(s)|^2 = F(s).F*(s)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm stumped!
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 7, 2012 #2
    Power spectrum involves Fourier transformations right? You might be able to make some progress if you look how the complex conjugates of FT's simplify, depending on reality of the transformed function.
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