Sampling Theorem

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The top figure shows a sine wave of frequency and its samples. The bottom figure shows the Fourier spectrum of the sampled signal. It consists of two spectral lines at , repeated periodically at integer multiples of the sampling rate .


According to the sampling theorem, for , the samples uniquely represent the sine wave of frequency . For , aliasing occurs, because the replicated spectra begin to overlap. In the range , a spectral line appears at the frequency . In the upper figure the sine wave with the corresponding frequency and color appears.

Note that for and , additional lines at and appear in the spectrum.


Contributed by: Carsten Roppel (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



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