Aliasing and Nyquist Condition

Let us consider a simple sinusoidal signal

x(t) = 5sin(10t + 3)

This is a signal with an amplitude of 5, the angular frequency of 10 and phase of 3. The Nyquist condition demands that the angular frequency, mod(𝜔) ≤ pi/delta t.

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 3.10.15 PM

For the above figure 1, we took 𝜔 to be 10 and pi/delta t is 99.5, so the Nyquist condition satisfies and we do not see the aliasing. Here the sampling rate, Δ𝑡 is 0.0316.

Let us see what happens when we take the pi/delta t to be less than 𝜔.

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 3.10.52 PM.png

In this case, we took the sampling rate, Δ𝑡 to be 0.3307. Here the pi/delta t is 9.5000 which is less than 𝜔. Hence the Nyquist condition is not satisfied and there is a clear aliasing. The sinusoidal signal does not appear to be sinusoidal.


Matlab Codes:

clear; close all; clc
grid on
axis tight
title('Plot of 5*sin(10t+3)')

—Utpal Kumar (IES,  Academia Sinica)

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