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    CTFT of a Sinusoid Convolved with a Sinc

    Hello Evryone!

    I've noticed this about Fourier transform.

    Suppose we're convolving a single tone sinusoid with a sinc function, namely [TEX]\sin(at)/\pi t[\TEX], then, by taking their CTFT, we get a rect multiplied with 2 pure imaginary deltas. Now what's the significance of our transform being imaginary, not just in this case? Does it just come out of the math involved?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebghb View Post
    Hello Evryone!

    I've noticed this about Fourier transform.

    Suppose we're convolving a single tone sinusoid with a sinc function, namely [TEX]\sin(at)/\pi t[\TEX], then, by taking their CTFT, we get a rect multiplied with 2 pure imaginary deltas. Now what's the significance of our transform being imaginary, not just in this case? Does it just come out of the math involved?

    Thanks!
    The FT of a convolution is the pointwise product of the Fourier transforms.

    Now what is the FT of sin( w t) ? (it is purely imaginary with conjugate symmetry because the original function is real).

    As we also know the FT of a sinc is a top hat.

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