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Describes how to design a general filter from the Z-Transform and it pole/zero plots.

Estimating frequency response from z-plane

One of the primary motivating factors for utilizing the z-transform and analyzing the pole/zero plots is due to their relationship to the frequency responseof a discrete-time system. Based on the position of the poles and zeros, one can quickly determine the frequency response. This is aresult of the correspondence between the frequency response and the transfer function evaluated on the unit circle in thepole/zero plots. The frequency response, or DTFT, of the system is defined as:

H w z w H z k 0 M b k w k k 0 N a k w k
Next, by factoring the transfer function into poles and zeros and multiplying the numerator and denominator by w we arrive at the following equations:
H w b 0 a 0 k 1 M w c k k 1 N w d k
From [link] we have the frequency response in a form that can be used to interpretphysical characteristics about the filter's frequency response. The numerator and denominator contain a product ofterms of the form w h , where h is either a zero, denoted by c k or a pole, denoted by d k . Vectors are commonly used to represent the term and its parts on the complex plane. The pole or zero, h , is a vector from the origin to its location anywhere on the complex plane and w is a vector from the origin to its location on the unit circle. The vector connecting these twopoints, w h , connects the pole or zero location to a place on the unit circle dependent on the value of w . From this, we can begin to understand how the magnitude of the frequency response is aratio of the distances to the poles and zero present in the z-plane as w goes from zero to pi. These characteristics allow us to interpret H w as follows:
H w b 0 a 0 "distances from zeros" "distances from poles"

Drawing frequency response from pole/zero plot

Let us now look at several examples of determining the magnitude of the frequency response from the pole/zero plot ofa z-transform. If you have forgotten or are unfamiliar with pole/zero plots, please refer back to the Pole/Zero Plots module.

In this first example we will take a look at the very simple z-transform shown below: H z z 1 1 z -1 H w 1 w For this example, some of the vectors represented by w h , for random values of w , are explicitly drawn onto the complex plane shown in the figure below. These vectors show how the amplitude of the frequency response changes as w goes from 0 to 2 , and also show the physical meaning of the terms in [link] above. One can see that when w 0 , the vector is the longest and thus the frequency responsewill have its largest amplitude here. As w approaches , the length of the vectors decrease as does the amplitude of H w . Since there are no poles in the transform, there is only this onevector term rather than a ratio as seen in [link] .

Pole/zero plot

Frequency response: |h(w)|

The first figure represents the pole/zero plot with a few representative vectors graphed while the second shows thefrequency response with a peak at +2 and graphed between plus and minus .
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For this example, a more complex transfer function is analyzed in order to represent the system's frequencyresponse. H z z z 1 2 1 1 1 2 z -1 H w 1 1 1 2 w

Below we can see the two figures described by the above equations. The [link] represents the basic pole/zero plot of the z-transform, H w . [link] shows the magnitude of the frequency response. From the formulas and statements in the previoussection, we can see that when w 0 the frequency will peak since it is at this value of w that the pole is closest to the unit circle. The ratio from [link] helps us see the mathematics behindthis conclusion and the relationship between the distances from the unit circle and the poles and zeros. As w moves from 0 to , we see how the zero begins to mask the effects of the poleand thus force the frequency response closer to 0 .

Pole/zero plot

Frequency response: |h(w)|

The first figure represents the pole/zero plot while the second shows the frequency response with a peak at+2 and graphed between plus and minus .
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Interactive filter design illustration

Digital filter design LabVIEW virtual instrument by NI from (External Link) .


In conclusion, using the distances from the unit circle to the poles and zeros, we can plot the frequency response of thesystem. As w goes from 0 to 2 , the following two properties, taken from the above equations, specify how one should draw H w .

    While moving around the unit circle...

  1. if close to a zero, then the magnitude is small. If a zero is on the unit circle, then the frequency response iszero at that point.
  2. if close to a pole, then the magnitude is large. If a pole is on the unit circle, then the frequency responsegoes to infinity at that point.

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