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# Sampling and Reconstruction

Introduction
This section introduces the relationship between continuous signals/systems and their representation as
discrete-time signals/systems that allows the direct use of digital computing technology. Sampling forms
the bridge between these two representations of the world.
A Discrete-Time system has as its input and output sequences of values. Here it is assumed that these
sequences represent samples of analog signals that are equally spaced in time Ts seconds apart!. "#tensions
to applications involving functions of other variables e.g. distance\$ force\$ pressure. velocity\$ pi#els\$ %! will
be apparent.
&n order to develop the analysis tools for such a system\$ we must form an equivalent analog system.
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Analy*ing this equivalent system using standard analog tools will establish a set of discrete-time tools
including the Discrete +ourier Transform D+T! and the *-Transform.
Another reason for e#amining the sampling/reconstruction process is that they form the actual hardware
interface between analog and discrete-time systems. 'e will then be prepared to perform Digital +iltering
of analog signals.
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Sampling
Pulse Amplitude Modulation
4A6 is where the analog signal after sampling ta7es on the form of a sequence of pulses Ts seconds apart.
"ach pulse carries information about the analog signal8s amplitude at the time the pulse was generated.
There are two variants of 4A6. The first\$ currently the dominant approach\$ called -atural Sampling is
where the shape of each pulse is affected by the changing input during the pulse. The second is called
9niform Sampling mainly used in the older laboratory grade samplers! where all of the pulses have the
same shape\$ but different amplitudes. 'e will analy*e both.
Natural Sampling in the Time Domain
Assume that we have a generali*ed\$ time-limited pulse centered at t : 1 as shown below.

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The +ourier Transform of this pulse is to denoted 4;ω!. A periodic version of this pulse where the original
pulse now repeats every Ts seconds is then(
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'ni(orm Sampling in the Time Domain
The second type of sampling\$ 9niform Sampling\$ results in a train of pulses in which each pulse has the
same shape. "ach pulse has a =strength> which is set by the value of the input at the sampling =instant>.
This method also goes by the name =+lat Top Sampling> when the transmitted pulses are rectangular. @ne
way to implement uniform sampling is to precede a natural sampler with a =Sample and Hold> circuit.
The Sample and Hold circuit has the following effect on an analog signal.
This is a non-linear distortion of the signal\$ but now the signal is constant during each pulse of the pulse
train and multiplying leaves all of the resulting pulses having the same shape. A delay of A Ts must be
introduced in the pulse train to center each pulse in a constant region of the modified signal. This has the
effect of delaying the signal itself by Ts//.
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Frequency Domain Analysis of Sampled Signals
,ntroduction
Doth types of sampling are practical. @ne\$ -atural Sampling\$ is simpler in the frequency domain while the
other\$ 9niform Sampling\$ is simpler in the time domain. &n the limiting case\$ as the pulse width approaches
*ero while holding the pulse area constant\$ both systems yield the same result. This limiting case is called
&deal or &mpulse! Sampling where each pulse is now the =&mpulse> or =Dirac Delta> function\$
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Natural Sampling in the -re.uency Domain
Eet 4;ω! be the +ourier transform of pt!\$ the single sampling pulse of width ∆t F Ts. The +ourier series for
the periodic
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Transforms. The +ourier Transform of the sampled version of the input\$ #t!\$ is(
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according to the magnitude of 4;ω! at the center frequency of that repetition.
/. &f ωs or fs! increases i.e. Ts decreases!\$ the repetitions remain equally spaced in the frequency
domain\$ but move further apart.
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