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Why use fftshift(fft(fftshift(x))) in Matlab instead of fft(x)?


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Explain why we use fftshift(fft(fftshift(x))) in Matlab instead of fft(x)

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Explain why we use fftshift(fft(fftshift(x))) in Matlab instead of fft(x). An example is given. The example and Matlab codes are partially copied from Daniele Disco ‘s work in "A guide to the Fast Fourier Transform, 2nd Edition".


A Guide To The Fft 2nd Edition Plus inspired this file.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.6 (R2008a)
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10 Mar 2015 Hongyu Li

Thank you very much,Kan Wu!

16 Jun 2014 Junqiu Qi  
03 Jan 2014 Kan Wu

Kan Wu (view profile)

Hi Yuji,

ifftshift is to correct the bug in fftshift when dealing with the sequence with odd length (that is the number of elements in the sequence is odd). So it is safe to always use: fftshift(fft(ifftshift(sig))) or fftshift(ifft(ifftshift(spectrum))).

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13 May 2013 Yuji Zhang

hi Kan,Shalin,

Thanks for the code and the discussion - nice and helpful.

A book I'm reading says it should be

I'm confused. Could you explain where to use ifftshift when N=odd?

Thank you!
(The book is "Numerical Simulation of Optical Wave Propagation with examples in Matlab")

23 May 2010 zhang lanqing

thanl you very much !

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18 May 2010 Shalin Mehta

You're welcome. ifftshift is the same as fftshift for even length sequence, but different for odd length. So if one uses fftshift(fft(ifftshift(...))) things work well. By the way, scaling by dt and df to correct for scaling introduced by FFT algorithm is neat trick.

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16 May 2010 Kan Wu

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To Mehta, yes you r right. ifftshift is used for sequence with odd length. Thank you for the correction!

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14 May 2010 Shalin Mehta

There is a problem with above recipe. It fails when you have sequence of odd length. Correct recipe is:
fftshift(fft(ifftshift(sig))) or fftshift(ifft(ifftshift(spectrum))).

A description of this can be found on my submission on fftshift, ifftshift.

To observe that above is true, run the following code with fftshift and ifftshift on inner call for computing Xfinal.
Bx = 50;
A = sqrt(log(2))/(2*pi*Bx);
fs = 500; %sampling frequency
dt = 1/fs; %time step
T=1; %total time window
t = -T/2:dt:T/2; %time grids
df = 1/T; %freq step
Fmax = 1/2/dt; %freq window
f=-Fmax:df:Fmax; %freq grids, not used in our examples, could be used by plot(f, X)

x = exp(-t.^2/(2*A^2));
Xan = A*sqrt(2*pi)*exp(-2*pi^2*f.^2*A^2); %X(f), analytical Fourier transform of x(t), real
Xfft = dt * fft(x); %directly using fft()
Xfftshift = dt * fft(fftshift(x)); %using fftshift() before fft()
Xfinal = dt * fftshift(fft(ifftshift(x))); %identical with analytical X(f), also note dt
subplot(211); plot(f,Xan,f,real(Xfinal),'--');
subplot(212); plot(f,imag(Xfinal));

18 Dec 2009 Matt Fetterman

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Very interesting!

21 Oct 2009 Kan Wu

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