Summary of ROC Rules

Magnus VallestadNovember 26, 20152 comments

This is a very short guide on how to find all possible outcomes of a system where Region of Convergence (ROC) and the original signal is not known.

Summary of ROC Rules

  1. For a causal system the ROC extends outwards.
  2. For a non-causal system the ROC extends inwards.
  3. For a two-sided system, the ROC can extend inwards or outwards from every pole. 
  4. The ROC cannot contain any poles
  5. The system is stable if the unity circle is included in the ROC

One Pole System Example

$$X(z) = \frac{1}{1-0.5z^{-1}}$$

1. Causal and Stable                                              2. Non-Causal and unstable

$x[n] = 0.5^nu[n]$                                                   $x[n] = -0.5^u[-n-1]$

Rule #1 and #5                                                        Rule #2


$$X(z) = \frac{1}{1-2z^{-1}}$$

1. Causal and unstable                                          2. Non-Causal and stable

$x[n] = 2^nu[n]$                                                       $x[n] = -2^u[-n-1]$

Rule #1                                                                    Rule #2 and #5


Multiple Pole System Example

$$ X(z) = \frac{1}{1-0.5z^{-1}} + \frac{1}{1-2z^{-1}} $$

This system has four possible ROC's, that is: there are four systems in the time domain that shares this z-transform.

1. Causal: $$ x[n] = 0.5^nu[n] + 2^nu[n]$$

Rule #1 and #4

2. Non-causal $$x[n] = -0.5^nu[-n-1] - 2^nu[-n-1]$$

Rule #2 and #4

3. Two sided: $$x[n] = 0.5^nu[n] - 2^nu[-n-1]$$

Rule #3 and #5

4. Two sided: $$x[n] = -0.5^nu[-n-1] + 2^nu[n]$$

Rule #3


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Comment by GAT-FDANovember 26, 2015
For someone like myself who is not familiar with ROC , what is ROC in layman's terms as it pertains to causal systems?
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Comment by magnuvalNovember 27, 2015
Region of Convergence (ROC) is all possible values of z for which the Z transform converges. Pick any z outside of this region and it will diverge.

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