`Mathematical Problems in EngineeringVolume 2012, Article ID 504580, 13 pageshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/504580`
Research Article

## Sampling in the Linear Canonical Transform Domain

Department of Mathematics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

Received 28 March 2012; Accepted 20 May 2012

Copyright © 2012 Bing-Zhao Li and Tian-Zhou Xu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

This paper investigates the interpolation formulae and the sampling theorem for bandpass signals in the linear canonical transform (LCT) domain. Firstly, one of the important relationships between the bandpass signals in the Fourier domain and the bandpass signals in the LCT domain is derived. Secondly, two interpolation formulae from uniformly sampled points at half of the sampling rate associated with the bandpass signals and their generalized Hilbert transform or the derivatives in the LCT domain are obtained. Thirdly, the interpolation formulae from nonuniform samples are investigated. The simulation results are also proposed to verify the correctness of the derived results.

#### 1. Introduction

Sampling is one of the critical steps in the digital signal processing community because it serves as a bridge between the continuous physical signals and the discrete signals. The well-known sampling theory of Shannon and the sampling condition of Nyquist play an important role in modern sampling theory. Practical signal recovery from uniform or nonuniform samples at rates above or below the Nyquist in the traditional Fourier transform domain is well known [1, 2]. Nowadays, with the rapid developments of the classical sampling theories, more and more results of the sampling theories and their applications are proposed [36]; it is shown both in practice and in theory that all of the above-mentioned sampling formulae work well for the stationary signals in the Fourier transform domain.

However, most of the signals we meet in real applications (e.g., the Radar signals) are nonstationary and non-band-limited in the Fourier transform domain. We will obtain the suboptimal or wrong results if we still use the classical theories of Fourier domain. It is therefore worthwhile looking for novel and useful tools to analyze and process these signals. Focusing on the problems of nonstationary signal processing, more and more signal processing tools are proposed, such as the wavelet transform [7], the fractional Fourier transform (FrFT) [810], the fractional calculus and fractional differential equations [1113], and the linear canonical transform (LCT) [14].

The LCT [14], which was introduced in the 1970s with four parameters, has been proven to be one of the most powerful tools for nonstationary signal processing. The well-known signal processing operations, such as the Fourier transform (FT), the FrFT, the Fresnel transform, and the scaling operations, are all special cases of the LCT [14]. Therefore, understanding the LCT may help to gain more insight into its special cases and to carry the knowledge gained from one subject to others. The well-known concepts associated with the traditional Fourier transform, such as the uncertainty principles [1517], the eigenfunctions [18], the convolution and product theorem [19], the Hilbert transform [20, 21], and the optical filtering [22, 23], are well studied and extended in the LCT domain.

Recently, with the rapid developments of the LCT in spectral analysis [24] and digital realization [25, 26], the expansion of the classical uniform or nonuniform sampling theorem for the band-limited or time-limited signal in the LCT domain has been obtained [2731]. These sampling theorems establish the fact that a band-limited or time-limited continuous signal in the LCT domain can be completely reconstructed by a set of signal samples. However, there still exist many problems associated with the sampling of the signals in the LCT domain. One of them relates to the signal recovery methods and interpolation formulae for the bandpass signals from uniform or nonuniform samples in the LCT domain.

Focusing on the sampling of the bandpass signals in the LCT domain, this paper first derives a useful relationship between the bandpass signals in the Fourier domain and the bandpass signals in the LCT domain. Then, we discuss interpolation problems of bandpass signals below the Nyquist rate in the LCT domain. The experimental results are also proposed to show the correctness of the derived results.

#### 2. Preliminaries

##### 2.1. The Linear Canonical Transform

The linear canonical transform (LCT) with parameters of a signal is defined as where .

In this paper, we restrict ourselves to the class of the LCT with real parameters , in such cases the LCT operator is unitary in and the inverse LCT is given by the LCT having parameters . In other words, we can reconstruct the original signal from via the following:

It should be noted that, when , the LCT of a signal is essentially a chirp multiplication and it is of no particular interest to our objective in this work, so it will not be discussed in this paper, and, without loss of generality, we assume in the following sections.

It can be verified [10] that the LCT with parameters reduces to FrFT and to FT when . The LCT also reduces to the Fresnel transform if . Multiplication by a Gaussian or chirp function is obtained with . The scaling operator can be viewed as a special case of the LCT with . For further details about the definition and properties of the LCT, readers can refer to [10].

##### 2.2. The Hilbert Transform Associated with the LCT

The Hilbert transform (HT) is the quintessential singular integral operator as follows: where is a real signal and the integral is understood in the Cauchy principal value sense. The HT is turned to play an important role in signal processing and optical analysis. The analytic signal associated with signal can be defined by the HT as follows: The analytic signal contains no negative frequency components in the Fourier domain, and it can be used in signal analysis applications and modulations. There exist many works on the analytic signals associated with the Fourier transform and fractional Fourier transform.

The generalized Hilbert transform associated with the LCT of a signal is defined as [20, 21] and the generalized analytic part of signal associated with the above definition is proposed as It was shown in [20, 21] that the generalized Hilbert transform remains the similar properties as the classical Hilbert transform. That is to say, the generalized analytic signal contains no negative LCT frequency components in the LCT domain.

#### 3. Interpolation of Bandpass Signals below the Nyquist Rate

The sampling formulae and the interpolation methods for the band-limited signals in the LCT domain from the uniform sampling sets are well studied and derived in [2631]. The spectral analysis of uniformly or nonuniformly sampled signals was proposed recently in [24]. In this section, we will investigate the interpolation problems for bandpass signals in the LCT domain in detail.

Recall that a bandpass signal is a signal that contains no high and no low frequencies in the Fourier domain; similarly we can also define the bandpass signal of the LCT domain as a signal that contains no high and no low frequencies in the LCT domain. Mathematically, the bandpass signal is a signal whose LCT is supported in , where is the carrier frequency assumed to be at the center of the bandpass signal. The relationship between the bandpass signals in the LCT domain and the Fourier transform domain can be reflected by the following lemma.

Lemma 3.1. Assume a signal is bandpass to in the LCT domain with parameter and . Let Then, is a signal bandpass to in the traditional Fourier transform domain.

Proof. Applying the Fourier transform to both sides of (3.1), it is easy to obtain
Since the signal is bandpass to in the LCT domain, that is, the LCT of the signal , , is supported in . It is easy to show that will be supported in , from which we can obtain the final results.

##### 3.1. Interpolation of Bandpass Signals below the Nyquist Rate from Uniform Samples

Based on the facts shown in Lemma 3.1 and the definition of the bandpass signal in the Fourier domain, the following interesting theorem about the reconstruction of the original signal below the Nyquist rate from uniform sampling points can be obtained.

Theorem 3.2. Let a signal be bandpass to in the LCT domain; then can be represented by the uniform samples of and its generalized Hilbert transform at half of the Nyquist rate as follows:

Proof. Let By Lemma 3.1, the signal is bandpass to in the traditional Fourier domain. Let . It is easy to show that signal is a band-limited signal in the Fourier domain and the bandwidth is . Applying the well-known formulae associated with the traditional Hilbert transform in the Fourier domain [1, 2], we obtain where is the Hilbert transform of the signal , that is, From the definition of , , and , we obtain Substituting (3.7) into (3.6), we obtain and substituting (3.8) into (3.5), we obtain The final result can be obtained by the relationship between and reflected in (3.7).

Theorem 3.2 can be looked at as the generalization of the classical bandpass signal sampling theorem to the LCT domain. It showed us that if we use the information of the generalized Hilbert transform associated with the LCT, the sampling rate of the derived results in Theorem 3.2 is the half of the traditional sampling rate [2631]. From the relationship between the LCT and the FrFT, we give the corresponding results in the FrFT domain without proof.

Corollary 3.3. Let a signal be bandpass to in the FrFT domain with parameter ; then can be represented by the uniform samples of and its generalized Hilbert transform at half of the Nyquist rate as follows:

Along with this idea, we can also use the information of the derivative of the signal to reduce the sampling rate in real applications. We obtain and derive Theorem 3.4.

Theorem 3.4. Assume a signal and its first derivative are continuous and is bandpass to in the LCT domain; then the following sampling formula for holds:

Proof. Similar to the proof of Theorem 3.2, the signal can be shown to be a band-limited signal in the Fourier domain and the bandwidth is . Applying the well-known formulae associated with the traditional sampling results in the Fourier domain [1, 2], we obtain From (3.7), the first derivative of signal can be calculated as follows: Substituting (3.7) and (3.13) into (3.12), we obtain The final result can be obtained by the relationship between signals and in (3.7).

The result of Theorem 3.4 reduces to the following result in the FrFT domain when the parameter .

Corollary 3.5. Assume a signal and its first derivative are continuous and is bandpass to in the domain with parameter ; then the following sampling formula for holds:

##### 3.2. Interpolation of Bandpass Signals from Nonuniform Samples

This subsection focuses on the interpolation of bandpass signals from nonuniform sampling points. It is well known that the bandpass signal can be interpolated from the nonuniform sampling points if the the nonuniform sampling set satisfies the following conditions [32]: where , is the bandwidth of the bandpass signal in the traditional Fourier domain, and . Similar to the derivation of the uniform sampling formulae, we derive the interpolation formula of bandpass signal in the LCT domain in following theorem.

Theorem 3.6. Let a signal be bandpass to in the LCT domain; then can be interpolated by the nonuniform samples sets of and its generalized Hilbert transform as follows: where the nonuniform sampling set must satisfy conditions reflected in (3.15).

Proof. Let Then, the signal is bandpass to in the traditional Fourier domain. Let . It is easy to show that signal is a band-limited signal in the Fourier domain and the bandwidth is . If the nonuniform sampling points satisfy the requirements of (3.15), then the well-known nonuniform sampling formulae associated with the traditional Hilbert transform in the Fourier domain [1, 2] can be applied to . We obtain From the relationship between , , and (3.7), we obtain Substituting it into the right side of (3.17), we obtain The final result can be obtained by substituting (3.20) into the right side of (3.19).

#### 4. Experimental Results

In order to show the correctness and effectiveness of the derived results in the LCT domain, we choose the sampling theory of passband signal associated with the generalized Hilbert transform as an example (Theorem 3.2) to perform the simulation in the LCT domain.

Figure 1 shows an LCT pair with of a bandpass signal . The LCT of signal is a real rectangular function confined to the interval , that is, the signal is bandpass to in the LCT domain.

Figure 1: The LCT pair of a bandpass signal.

Based on the derived results of Theorem 3.2, , and the sampling interval will be . The real part of , the samples of , and the reconstructed signal by samples of the original signal and its generalized Hilbert transform at half of the Nyquist rate of LCT domain is plotted in Figure 2, and the imaginary part of , the samples of , and the reconstructed signal by samples of the original signal and its generalized Hilbert transform at half of the Nyquist rate of LCT domain is plotted in Figure 3. It is noted from Figures 2 and 3 that the reconstructed signal denoted by dotted line overlaps almost exactly with the original signal denoted by continuous line.

Figure 2: The real part of the original signal, the reconstructed signal, and the samples.
Figure 3: The imaginary part of the original signal, the reconstructed signal, and the samples.

It should be noted that the difference between the original and the reconstructed signal is due to the numerical error attributed to the fact that only a finite interval of the signal and its generalized Hilbert transform is processed during numerical calculation.

#### 5. Conclusion

Focusing on the interpolation problems for bandpass signals associated with the linear canonical transform, this paper investigates the interpolation formulae and the sampling theorem for bandpass signals in the LCT domain. Firstly, one of the important relationships between the bandpass signals in the Fourier domain and the bandpass signals in the LCT domain is derived. Secondly, two interpolation formulae from uniformly sampled points at half of the sampling rate associated with the bandpass signals and its generalized Hilbert transform or the derivatives in the LCT domain are obtained. Thirdly, the interpolation formulae from nonuniform samples are derived. The simulation results are proposed to verify the correctness of the derived results.

The proposed results can be seen as the expansion of the classical results in the Fourier domain to the LCT domain and can be used in the situations where the processed signals are not bandpass in the traditional Fourier domain but bandpass in the LCT domain. For example, in radar signal processing community, most of the echo signals that we encounter are non-band-limited signals in the Fourier domain; more suitable results may be obtained if we use LCT to analyze the signal, and the lower sampling rate may be found if we apply the results derived in this paper.

#### Acknowledgment

This work was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 60901058 and No. 61171195) and Beijing Natural Science Foundation (No. 1102029).

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