### Choice of Output Signal and Initial Conditions

Recalling that , the output signal from any diagonal state-space model is a linear combination of the modal signals. The two immediate outputs and in Fig.G.3 are given in terms of the modal signals and as

The output signal from the first state variable is

The *initial condition*
corresponds to modal initial
state

*i.e.*, it is in

*phase quadrature*with respect to ). Phase-quadrature outputs are often useful in practice,

*e.g.*, for generating complex sinusoids.

#### Butterworth Lowpass Poles and Zeros

When the maximally flat optimality criterion is applied to the general (analog) squared amplitude response , a surprisingly simple result is obtained [64]:

where is the desired order (number of poles). This simple result is obtained when the response is taken to be maximally flat at as well as dc (

*i.e.*, when both and are maximally flat at dc).

^{I.1}Also, an arbitrary scale factor for has been set such that the cut-off frequency (-3dB frequency) is rad/sec.

The *analytic continuation*
(§D.2)
of
to the whole
-plane may be obtained by substituting
to obtain

with

A Butterworth lowpass filter additionally has zeros at . Under the bilinear transform , these all map to the point , which determines the numerator of the digital filter as .

Given the poles and zeros of the analog prototype, it is straightforward to convert to digital form by means of the bilinear transformation.

#### Example: Second-Order Butterworth Lowpass

In the second-order case, we have, for the analog prototype,

To convert this to digital form, we apply the bilinear transform

(I.4) | |||

(I.5) | |||

(I.6) | |||

(I.7) |

Note that the numerator is , as predicted earlier. As a check, we can verify that the dc gain is 1:

*i.e.*, that there is a (double) notch at half the sampling rate.

In the analog prototype, the cut-off frequency is rad/sec, where, from Eq.(I.1), the amplitude response is . Since we mapped the cut-off frequency precisely under the bilinear transform, we expect the digital filter to have precisely this gain. The digital frequency response at one-fourth the sampling rate is

and dB as expected.

Note from Eq.(I.8) that the phase at cut-off is exactly -90 degrees in the digital filter. This can be verified against the pole-zero diagram in the plane, which has two zeros at , each contributing +45 degrees, and two poles at , each contributing -90 degrees. Thus, the calculated phase-response at the cut-off frequency agrees with what we expect from the digital pole-zero diagram.

In the plane, it is not as easy to use the pole-zero diagram to calculate the phase at , but using Eq.(I.3), we quickly obtain

A related example appears in §9.2.4.

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