The Fourier Transform and Its Applications

Course Description

The Fourier transform as a tool for solving physical problems. Fourier series, the Fourier transform of continuous and discrete signals and its properties. The Dirac delta, distributions, and generalized transforms. Convolutions and correlations and applications; probability distributions, sampling theory, filters, and analysis of linear systems. The discrete Fourier transform and the FFT algorithm. Multidimensional Fourier transform and use in imaging. Further applications to optics, crystallography. Emphasis is on relating the theoretical principles to solving practical engineering and science problems.

Course Details

  • Online Format: Synchronous - This course is taught in real-time, and students are expected to attend virtual sessions at specific times during the week. For more information on the schedule options for this course, please visit the Stanford Explore Courses website.


Math through ODEs, basic Linear Algebra, comfort with Sums and Discrete Signals, Fourier series at the level of EE 102A

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