**Characteristic Input Functions**

„Heavyside” unit step function is one of the most important and most frequently used input function at the system analysis. Figure 8. presents both the curve and mathematical description of the function.

Figure 9. shows the curve and the mathematical description of the shifted unit step function:

**Impulse function (Dirac-delta)**

Let’s consider Figure 10. for the introduction of ideal impulse function.

Basic property of the function:

As well as should satisfy the following condition: too.

Define function in the following way (see Figure 10.)

Consequently is possible to see .

Define similar way and then .

Determine the limit as follow:

The obtained function is called Dirac-delta, Dirac impulse, unit impulse function. Main feature of Dirac-delta is, everywhere in the interval is zero except in point, where value of the function i.e. the “amplitude” is infinite, while the improper integral value i.e. “the intensity” is 1.

Let’s define the shifted Dirac-delta function as follow (see Figure 11.).

The shifted Dirac-delta can be expressed by using the above mentioned definitions and interpretations as follow:

The shifted function is presented on the Figure 12. :

Let’s attempt to find relation between the “Heaviside” unit step function and Dirac-delta unit impulse function. Let’s consider the set of continuously differentiable functions in the interval at first:

According to the classical mathematical analysis Heavyside unit step function cannot be continuously

differentiable in the interval, i.e.

Let’s consider the Figure 13. in order to make relation between the Dirac delta unit impulse function and Heavyside unit step function.

function can be described in the following way:

The relation between the Heavyside function and the is as follow:

Consequently the derivative of function by variable is.

Since variable has changed in the (0,1) interval, consequently derived function resulted same

impulse function with unit area (i.e. intensity) as was discussed above at the explanation of Dirac-delta.

Apply the following denoting:

and have the following relation too.

Consequently, determine the following limit:

It is possible to say, the derivative of Heavyside unit step function is defined at point, as follows:

The operation is called weak derivative and it is denoted by .

Next will be discussed several consequences of Dirac-delta and the weak derivative.

Let continuously differentiable function in the interval. The value of at point can be determined by Dirac-delta as follow

Value of the same function at any point within the interval can be determined by the shifted Dirac delta:

Let’s define the analysis of that function set having finite “jump” discontinuities within the domain. (see Figure 14.)

The finite discontinuity of function at point should be satisfied the following condition

Consequently, the derivative of function can be described by the weak derivative in the interval as follow:

The weak derivative function can be presented as follow (Figure 15.).

**Periodic Function**

Stationary state of any linear systems is investigated very often by periodic input signal. function is periodic by , if , where Natural numbers (see Figure 16.)

Periodicity of the function is

According to the Fourier theory any periodic function can be approximated by the following series:

Maximal error of the approximation is: . Let’s introduce generalized cycle frequency

(See the detailed at Appendix: Deriving of Fourier Theory, Fourier Series):

Consequently,

Next problem is arisen: is it possible to expand by infinite trigonometric series

If consistently convergent in the interval, then function can be expanded by Fourier series as follow

, where .

by means of these Euler formulas can be written as follow

(See the detailed at Appendix: Description of Fourier Series by complex expression) :

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The next examples illustrate, how are presented the above described characteristic and periodic input functions in the imaging. The illustration are the response functions of 2D emission imaging systems (they are created by round shape detector gamma cameras)