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Zerocrossings of Periodic Time Functions

that Appear in a Nonlinear Equation Relevant

to Electrical Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the

Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

ABSTRACT: The f?qZ&Zti0fl f(t)+pL Sign(f(t)) = V(t), bJ 1 means qf which a zerocrossing

representation of the time jimction f(t) is obtained, is analysed. v(t) is a known T-periodic
zerocrossing (i.e. without a touching of the time axes and dv/dt # 0 at the zero point)
function. L is a linear integral operator. The possibility of the zerocrossing representation of
f(t) appears when the parameter p is with certain limits de$ned by v and L. The representation
reduces the$nding of f(t) to the jinding of the zerocrossings, which in some cases may be
very simply done. The mathematical inaestigation is motivated by work in the theory of
jluorescent lamp circuits where the zerocrossing representation qf a current function appears
to be uxful. The equation is$nally generalized which also is associated with the applications.

I. Introduction

Periodic time functions having single zeros are commonly obtained in engineering
practice and theory. For a nonlinear circuit such a function may have some specific
importance as is revealed by a theory of the steady state operation of fluorescent
lamp circuits (1, 2). It appears necessary to analyse the equation for the lamp
current function (here f) which in a slightly simplified form may be written as

f(t) = v(t) - PL sign (f(O), (1)

where L is an integral time-invariant operator which gives the steady-state current
response of a linear LC circuit to periodic voltage waves. This (typical cause-
consequence type) operator may be written as
L[ I(t) = K(z)1l(t-t)dt,

using some oscillatory nonsingular kernel (a sum of some sinusoidal functions

multiplied by weakly damping exponents) K(t), defined by the linear circuit
included in a nonlinear one. It is sufficient here to define only the asymptotical
(frequency) properties of L which may be simply done (see Appendix) for the
periodic process, using the coefficients y, which are connected with K by the
relation :

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* K(t)exp (- inwr) dt, CCI= 271/T.

The value p in (1) is real. As usual, sign (.f) = 1 for J> 0 and sign (.f) = - 1 for
,f< 0. For .f= 0, sign (.f) is undefined in the limits [- 1, + 11, c(t) is a given
continuous T-periodic zerocrossing time function which may have (per period) a
finite number of points of discontinuity of its derivative. The concept of zero-
crossing function means here that both left and right derivatives of the function
at each of its zero points are nonzeros (and of the same sign). For simplicity of
writing the equations, we assume that for t>(t) these derivatives are equal to each
other. We require that the number of zerocrossings per period is finite. This
requirement, which is relevant to the functions appearing in practical engineering,
ensures a nonzero distance between any two zerocrossings and a nonzero value of
the function at any point which is not at the crossing. As a basic result, the property
of the function to be zerocrossing remains when all the parameters which define
the function are changed in some nonzero limits or, alternatively, a bounded
function (without pauses where it would be identically zero) with a bounded
derivative may be found, to be added to the zerocrossing function, such that
the latter remains zerocrossing. Thus the zerocrossing character of ,f(t) with the
mathematically consequent properties of (1) are obtained exactly for p in some
limits, not only asymptotically as p + 0. The properties of (1) are connected with
the indeed very specific behavior, observed in experiment (l), of the system. The
upper limit for p, associated with the zerocrossing nature of ,f(t) is found, from
the condition of both .f(t) and d,f/dt, to be equal zero at a time point. In an
example associated with the context of(l), the critical p was found as U/a, where
U is amplitude of the input function of the system (see Section III), which shows
that such a critical value need not be very small. The critical p is not analysed in
this study, while the fact of its positiveness is widely used.
The smoothing property of the integral operator L ensures (see Section IV and
the Appendix for details) that its action on a finite function (r, in the above) creates
a function with a bounded derivative. As a result, for p small ,f(t) in (1) is a
zerocrossing function having the same number of zeros as [l(t). If ,f(t) is periodic,
the function sign (,f> is defined by the zerocrossings of ,f belonging to a period which
are functions of ,K The polarity of ,f between any two sequencing zerocrossings is
known in (1) since as p + 0, ,f- z and sign (.f) -+ sign (t.). Thus the second term
on the right-hand side of (I) is a known function of t and the zerocrossings. Thus
.f is represented in (1) using its zerocrossings. Even though the zerocrossings appear
as parameters whose values are unknown u priori, they are a very useful analytical
Proofs of the basic statements with which we begin are described in Section
TV. The Appendix presents the lengthy mathematical details. It has independent
numeration of equations.

II. On the Solution of Eq. (1)

The existence of a T-periodic solution of (1) will be proved below, however if it

is known that the solution exists, it can be obtained very simply. Using the fact

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that L sign (,f) is a known function of t and the m zerocrossings of f belonging

to a period, we rewrite (1) as

.f(r) = 40 -/4t; [I, t2,. . . , LJ (2)

with the known function z and find the zerocrossings from m equations f (t,) = 0 :
v(tJ = ,uz(t,; t,, t2,. . . , t,), i = 1,2,. . . ,m. (3)
Substituting the found ti into (2), we obtain f(t).
The function z may be obtained by a trigonometric representation of the rec-
tangular wave sign (f) on which the operator L acts : i.e.

sign (f(t)) = Q+ (2/x) f (- l)p+ f dn nwitp tp), o = 271/T.

Here Q depends on t, but not on t. The value of Q is not important here since
among the requirements to L (see Appendix IA), LQ = 0 for any constant Q,
which is ensured in practice by a series capacitor. (If Q = 0, the capacitor need not
be present.) The value t, is chosen so that change -/+ in the polarity of f occurs
at t,. Thus z appears to be a direct function of the m differences t-t,,
t - tz, . . . , t-t,, :
z=Lsign(f) =y(t-t ,,..., t-t,),
having zero time average. Substitution t = ti turns one of the arguments of y to
zero while the others are equal to some of the mutual distances between the
It follows from (3) that ti are functions of p, ti = ti(p), and that ti(0) = t, where
t: are zerocrossings of u(t).
For a small p we can linearize (3) setting ti = t! + O(p) which is possible because
of the zerocrossing character of zi ((dv/dt) (t:) # 0) :
t; = tP+pz(tj); ty, ty, . . . . t,f,)[(dv/dt)(t,0)]-, i= 1,2 ,..., m.
A practical and very important (e.g. for electrical power systems) case is that of
m = 2 and t2 = t, + T/2. For the above introduced function y we obtain in this
case, obviously, y = w(t - t ,) with some known function IV.Thus (1) is turned into

.f(t) = a(t)-M--t,)
with the equation for t, as
o(t,) = W(O),
with the linearized solution t, = t:+pw(O) [(dzl/dt) (ty)lP . If w(0) = 0, t, is inde-
pendent of p. In such a case we shall say that t, is constant. Since the very condition
for ,f to be a zerocrossing function requires a limitation on p, it will be appropriate
to write the conditions for the constancy oft, (more generally t,) using an expression
which includes t:. See Eq. (5) in the next section.

III. Properties of (1) and some of Their Consequences

The following list of statements (a)-(g), describes the most interesting properties
of (1) and of a similar equation with a time shift. Introduction of the latter equation

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is motivated by the mathematical question of how persistent is the property of

f(t) to be the zerocrossing function. Proofs of the statements are discussed in
Section IV.

(a) For p small enough (1) has a unique T-periodic zerocrossing solution ,f(t)
having the same number of zerocrossings per period as o(t).
(b) For /i and 6 small enough, the following equation with the time shift :

,f(t) = u(t) -pL sign (f(t-6)) (la)

also has a unique zerocrossing T-periodic solution with the same density of zeros.
(c) It is impossible to represent a periodic zerocrossing function f(t) by means
of the equations (we do not write the sign - which may be included in the
slightly redefined L) :

.f(t) = ~Lsign (f(t)) or f(t) = PL sign (f(t-6)) (4)

for small (compared with the period) 161.
(d) Set of zeros of the function L sign (1) does not coincide with the set of zeros
of .f(r).
(e) The representation (4) is possible for a certain not small 6, which may be
demonstrated by an example.
(f) If (this is a generalization of the condition w(0) = 0 from Section III)

(L sign (l(t))) (t,) = 0, Vi (5)

or (with respect to (la))

(Lsign(zl(t-6)))(t,O) = 0, Vi (5a)
where t: are zerocrossings of z,(t) (or I(-&), then the zerocrossings t, of ,f are
those of l:, and since t/ = t,(O) (Section II), t,(p) = t,(O) for all relevant ,u (the
constancy of t,). In this case .f(t) = [l(t) -pL sign (v(t)) (or .f(t) = z)(t) -pL sign
(I([--fi)), correspondingly).
(g) If (5) is satisfied, which is a requirement of L, i.e. of the structure of the
system, then the important for praclice parameter, the paver smsitiz~it~ (1, 2) :


is as small as possible in the theory and does not depend on p and CJ. Here P is
the average power consumed by the hardlimiter :

p=! T 07./tQ * p sign (f(O) dt,

and U is the amplitude or sca/iny,fuctor of z>(f)in the representation of z.(t) = Us(t)
with some given function s(t) which is defined by the waveform of the input voltage
function passing in an experiment via an input autotransformer which defines U.
(2by itself is not the input voltage function of a real system as is already clear from
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the requirement of its physical dimension to be that off; in fact, v(t) is obtained
(2) by the action on the input voltage function of a linear integral operator which
is of the same type as L.) The above somewhat abstract requirement of the smallness
of p is turned now into the requirement of the smallness of ratio p/U which may
be obtained, in principle, by both decrease of p or increase of U. In an experiment
the change in U is obtained by means of the input variable transformer, while the
change in /J means connections or disconnection (or shortage) of the similar
nonlinear elements.
The properties (a)-(e) are proved for the case of some power losses in the linear
circuit described by the operator L, as well as in the lossless case (note that P is
not losses, it is a useful power consumption). As for (f)-(g), the conditions (5) or
(5a) may also be satisfied in both of the cases. However, in the case with losses
(5)-(5a) by themselves do not provide the minimal k, giving nevertheless a valuable
estimation for the conditions of the minimum.
The property (e) is of a specific interest. If a close-loop system realizes (4) for a
given 6, then this time shift defines the period of possible periodic oscillations (in
the example mentioned in (e), T = 46, see Section IV) and there is, for instance,
an interesting problem of stability of the oscillations in such a practical system.
Another interesting point, associated with the problem of the realization, is that in
(4) L corresponds to an active circuit, while in (1) it may (and actually does in the
original application) correspond to a passive circuit.
Application of the conditions of the possibility and impossibility of the zero-
crossing representation of time functions to problems of automatic control should
be considered, since the function sign (f) may be easily generated by active circuits.
Other directions of research for the application of the zerocrossing which are no
less interesting are presented in (34).
The condition (5) which is of a particular interest in the theory may be rewritten,
using the integral representation (Section I) of L as
K(r) sign (v(tg -z)) dz = 0,

i= I,2 ,..., m; v(t,$ =O.

IV. Basic Points of the Proofs of Statements (a)-(g)

None of the following conditions related to the linear operator requires resonance
to occur in the linear circuit (see (3) for the point) and the resonant situation is
assumed to be excluded in the following expressions.

(a) The properties of the operator L ensure (Appendix) that for the bounded
function c,(t) (not necessarily writren as sign f) on which L acts, the derivative of
the function obtained and the function itself are bounded which provides that as
/J + 0, ti + t,? and that for p small the function r;-,uLu, is similar to u, i.e. is a
zerocrossing function which has the same number of zerocrossings per period as
z(t) has. The addition of --Lz;, may move the zeros of u(t), but they remain as
zerocrossings. Thus considering the iterative relation with

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.f= lJ and ,fn+ , = u - PL sign (fJ

fern= 1,2,..., ccj, we find one p, such that all of the fn have the same number of
zerocrossings per period as u has. As any infinite set belonging to a finite interval,
the set S, of thefirst zerocrossings of all the functions fn, related to a certain T-
interual, has points of condensations. The same is true for the sets Sz, S3,. . . , S,,, of
the second, third, . . , mth zerocrossings of fn related to the interval. By sequencing
deletion (first for S,, then for SZ, etc.) of the irrelevant numbers n we obtain a
subsequence PZof the numbers, such that the remaining elements of the sets S,,,
p-l,2 , . , m, have one point of condensation for each of the sets. This leads to
a certain limit function for the sequence ,f;,, (and for L sign(&). see Appendix),
from which the existence of a solution of (1) follows.
To prove the uniqueness, we essentially use the fact that because L corresponds
to an oscillatory circuit with low power losses, the function cpLq, where cp is any
nonconstant real periodic oscillating function, is an oscillatory,function alternating
its polarity. This directly follows from the fact that for cp and Lq not small, the
following integral representing the ener.q:qylosses per period (in the linear circuit
influenced only by q(t)) :
cpb dt,
must be small.
Assuming that there are two different solutions f, and f2 of (1) we subtract (1)
written for fi from (1) written for ,f,, multiply the obtained equation by sign (J;) -
sign (J2) and get
(I.fl I+l.f8 (1 -sign (.fl) *sign (.f2) = -(sign (fJ-sign(f2))Wgn(fJ-sign(f2))
where the right-hand side changes its polarity while the left-hand side does not.
This contradiction proves that J, = fi.
(b) The proof of the existence is quite similar to that of (a). The proof of
uniqueness requires somewhat more lengthy expressions to be introduced, but is
basically similar to that of (a), since the changes in the expressions appearing in
the proof of (a) and the additionally appearing terms are relatively small (because
of the smallness of ISI) which cannot change the inequalities which led to the proof
in (a).
(c) The result may be formally obtained as a consequence of the uniqueness of
the solution of (1) if we complete the general set of the zerocrossing functions by
an identically zero function (the trivial solution of the equations in (c)) which may
be considered as a limit of a zerocrossing function having amplitude tending to
zero. The result may be, rather, directly proved by multiplying the equations by
sign (z(t)) or (correspondingly) sign (u(t - 6)) and using the arguments related to
the polarities.
(d) From the smallness of the following integral (compare with that of (a)) :

7 sign (,f(t))Lsb
it follows that the set of zeros of function L sign (.f
does not coincide with the

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set of the jump points of sign (f(t)), i.e. with the set of the zeros off(t). However
from (1), as ,D tends to infinity, zeros off(t) tend to those of L sign (f(t)). This
contradiction shows that for p large enough, f(t) stops to be a zerocrossing
function (i.e. (1) is incorrect) and time intervals where f(t) is identically zero
appear (which is actually observed in a system like that of (1)). By the way, the
proof of (c) is obtained. Additionally, this statement makes it clear that p in (1)
should be limited for f(t) to be the zerocrossing function.
(e) For a series lossless linear L-C circuit having resonance frequency o,, = 2w
(see (3))
-4< t< 4
L sign (sin cot) - (sin 20t) * (sign (sin ot)) =
T 3
-1sin2wt1, - - < t < -T.
4 4

Thus in this case


f = L sign (sin ot).
Note that for this f, (L sign f) (0) = 0, but o0 < 20 would also be relevant for
(4) with 6 = T/4.

(f) This is suggested by the approximate equation for ti, obtained in Section II.
A rigorous proof is given by the direct substitution of the function u(t)--L
sign (z)(t)) or (correspondingly) v(t) -PL sign (v(t-8)) as f into (1) (or (la))
taking into account uniqueness of the solution of the equations and that (5) (or
(5a)) is satisfied.
Remark 1. For v(t) such that m = 2 and v(t+ T/2) = -u(t), conditions (5) are
turned into one condition which in the case of a lossless linear subcircuit may be
written (1) as

xb,/n=O, n= 1,3,5 ,..., co,

where 6, are susceptancies (5) of the linear circuit. Terms of the sum relate to
different frequencies nw generated by the whole system (which in the case discussed
may be driven by a pure sinusoidal voltage). Clearly, this equation requires that
at least two of the 6, are of different polarities which agrees with the oscillatory
(LC) character of the linear circuit. For a series L-C circuit with the resonant
frequency wO the latter equation gives w,, = 20, 40, 60,. . . , while 2w which was
used in (e) is the most suitable for practice. The frequency relations indeed appeared
not close to those resonant (spectrum of the system is here o, 30, 50,. . .) and the
resonant frequency of the L-C circuit is frequency of the transient oscillations of
function L sign (f) between the sequencing zerocrossings off (see the examples in

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(g) Using the definition of P, Eq. (1) and the notation of Section III (g) we
present P as

T s

sign (,f) -f(t) dr =
sign (f)* s(t) dt

sign (,f) -I, sign (f) dt z $ sign (,f) *s(t) dt.

s I,

Then we note that after the introduction of the parameter U > 0 the equations for
r, (Section II) are turned into

s(t,) = Y/,_(t,;t,, 12,. . , t,,,), i = 1,2,. . . ,m,

and the t, appear to be functions of ?I = p/U. Consequently, k = k(q). Similarly

concerning p, the condition (5) ensures now that t, do not depend on v]. Since in
the calculation of k, ,u is constant, this means that t, do not depend on U. (Even
though for a linear system, k = 2 always, and thus also independent of p, this is a
quite different situation comparative with the case of t,(p) = t;(O) for the nonlinear
system, since in the linear case the changing in the resistance, which characterizes
a linear power consuming element, actually changes phase shifts while here t, are
strictly unchanged.)
Using the above expression for P, the following expression for k may be easily
derived :

k = 1+2(p/PT) c Is(t,) (dt,/dr?)l.

This expression shows that in the lossless case k > 1 and k = I if and onl_y ijall the
t, ure constant, which was mentioned in Section III (g).
Remurk 2. In the case of k constant, P is directly proportional to ,LL,and since
the increase in p may be obtained in practice by series comlection of similar small
size hardlimiters, this case has the remarkable physical meaning that the power
consumption qf euch element qf the chain qf the hardlimiters is not changed lvith the
increase in the number of the connected elements (until the total p is in the permitted
limits). A relevant experiment is discussed in Section 9 of (1).

V. The Generalized Equation

Both because of the mathematical simplicity of the zerocrossing representation

which suggests seeking of applications, and because of the fact that the voltage-
current characteristics of some (2,6) fluorescent lamps need a more precise approxi-
mation than that given by the function Signum, we turn now to the following
generalization of (1) :

,f(t) = Ls(t)-w(A,B ,... ;t,t,.t2 ,..., t,,). (6)

As before, U > 0 and the requirements of s(t) are as before. The function W(T)
depends, generally. on three different types of parameters: A, B.. ; t and t,,
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t2,. . ., t tn. The

l number m of the parameters t,, t2,. . . , t, is the number of the
zerocrossings of s(t) per period (we first consider the function w itself, not assuming
that t,, t2,. . . , t,, are zerocrossings of,f(t)). These parameters are required to be
different and all placed in an interval of T-length. For any such set oft,, we require
that both w and dwldt tend to zero as all the parameters A, B, . . . tend to zero. This
ensures that for some small values of A, B,. , the right-hand side of (6) is a
zerocrossing function having the same number of the zeros as s(t). Under such
conditions we can then consider t,, t2,. . , t,,, as the zerocrossings of ,f(t), and (6)
as a nonlinear equation giving the zerocrossing representation off. The equations
for the determination of the values t ,, t2, . . . , t,, are then :

s(tl> = (l/U)w(A, B,. .; ti; t,, t2,. . . , t,,), i = 1,2,. . . ,m.

Similar to (3), these equations may be linearized for small values of A, B, . .

Generally, t, are functions of U and A, B, . . . .
Existence of the solution of (6) may be proved similar to that of (1) while the
role of y is here, actually, the set of the values A/U, B/U, . . . . As for the uniqueness
of the solution, the argument mentioned in Section IV (b) may be applied here also
if the wave form of w is slightly different from that of L sign (f). Otherwise, the
uniqueness should be specifically considered in particular cases.
The properties of the function w ensure that zeros t? of s(t) are the limit values
of tj:

t: = ?F_ t,(U; A, B,. . .), Vi,


with A, B,... constant. Alternatively, the tending of t, to t,? is obtained for U

constant and A, B, . . . tending to zero, while the simultaneous tending of A, B, .
to zero should be specifically defined in each particular case in order to keep the
physical meaning of the parameters. The conditions for the constancy of the
zerocrossings here are

w(A, B,. . . ; t: ; ty, ti,. . . , tj,) = 0, i = 1,2,. . . ,m,

with the corresponding solution of (6) : ,f(t) = Us(t) - w(A, B, . . . ; t ; ty, tt, . . . ,
An example of the equation of the type (6) related to the case of the m = 2 and
t2 = t, + T/2 is as follows :

,f(t) = Us(t)-L[Asign(,f(t))+Bcoso(t-t,)], cu = 271/T,

with the operator defined in Section I. This equation is relevant to the theory of
fluorescent lamp circuits (2). As before, the form of the lamp voltage wave (here
A sign (,f(t)) + B cos w(t - t ,)) is directly approximated using the zerocrossings
of the lamp current function. This permits one to apply the zerocrossing
analysis to the system. The analysis is now more difficult, but still simple rela-
tive to the circuit with the strongly nonlinear element whose characteristics
possess a hysteresis. In (6), the practical details associated with the circuit and this
analysis are presented. Experiment shows that A and B are somewhat dependent
on U for the circuit. However, the ratio B/A as a function of U has a smooth
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maximum at the region of the most relevant for the circuit operation valuesof U
and thus the ratio is weakly dependent on U at the region. Since for the lossless
linear circuit L cos w(t- t,) -sin w(t- t,) = 0 at t = t,, the condition of the
constancy oft ,, remains quite similar to that related to the pure hardlimiter model :
K(r) sign (,f(t: -r)) dr = 0

and the values (u(, = 20,4w, 60, . . . (see Remark 1 in Section IV) are relevant here.
The same result would be obtained also after the replacement of B cos w(t - t ,) by
a sum of the type

c B, cos qw(t-t,).

The author is grateful to Professor M. S. Lifsic for mathematical consultations. A recent
discussion with Professor S. G. Mikhlin (Leningrad) was also very interesting. Professor
L. 0. Chua (Berkeley) is also thanked for an encouragement.


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Appendix : The Operator L

In Part A of this appendix, as mentioned in Section I, definition of the operator L which
is relevant to the description of the linear circuit (subsystem) is presented. In Parts B and
C, the properties of the operator are derived which are used in Section IV (a). The appendix
has an independent numeration of equations.

Section A. The properties of the linear operator L, which are those of an integral, first-
order smoothing operator, may be defined by the action of the operator on periodic
functions which are represented by their Fourier series. Consider a T-periodic function

r(t) = 1 a,, e, i = J - 1 ; (I) = $;

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and the response function

(Lr) (t) = 1 b, ein*J.

We require that b, = 0 and that b, = 0 if a, = 0. For other n :

y, 2
exist. We also require :


and that such real-valued K, may be found that :

nly.,l--KI-;, n-+m. G-1

This results, in particular, in that no resonant conditions between r(t) and L are permitted
and (see below) that Lr is bounded for the bounded r.
For simplicity, y, is assumed below to be pure imaginary; this brings the theoretical
results close to those which are obtained for real circuits with small losses. In (3) a detailed
consideration relevant to that point and supported by experimental results is given. It
can be also easily seen mathematically, that some small power losses do not change the
as_vmptotical properties of L which are important in the zerocrossing analysis.
For the lossless case relation (A2) may be written as :

liny,-K,l --, n-tc~.

In accordance with the definition of y,

Le*incor =
Y+~ ekino
As n + co (i.e. nw -+ co) the action of L on the exponent (see (Al)) is

Since y, is pure imaginary, for any n

e *nut
I, e+lnwrN ~

We conclude that for such an L its action on the exponent, as n -+ co, is :

L e+nr- ~

i.e. becomes simple integration. It also follows from the above thatfor any n

L cos mot - sin not

L sin nwt - cos nwt.

The latter relations have a natural, but mathematically important consequence. They show
that if r is a real function, which may be represented by a Fourier series including sine and
cosine functions, then

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rLrdt = 0

which means physically that no average power is consumed per period by a linear circuit
which is connected to a source of the voltage r(t). If _r,,were not pure imaginary, but had a
relatively small real part, then the integral would be nonzero but small.
Examples of such operators are operators for which $:Zis directly proportional to


where w,,, p = 1, 2, , N are some frequency-type parameters. The simplest case is

which corresponds (5) to a single series L-C connection with w, = I/J(LC).

Using the above results we now prove that the function Lr and its derivatives are bounded,
which was referred in Section IV (a).

Section B. Using Kz from (A2a), one obtains :

d i (inwy,, - K ,)u,, e + K, (IGI + 14).

Since IrI < 1 and 1~ < max Irj d 1, K,(la,I + lrl) < 2K,.
For the above sum we obtain (taking into account that (I,, - I/n, q 3 I, for the relevant
r, and again using (A2)) that for

4, = (inw_r,, - k ,)(I,,,

Thus the series of the d,, values converge absolutely and thus K, may be found such that

d,, e <~ldlK+!!
,, , 1


Here we used the Schwartz inequality and the Parseval equality. Now because of

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we finally obtain that

which represents the universal limiting estimation related to a certain L, and any such r(t).
Noting that the Fourier coefficients of the function Lr are at least of the order l/n2 as
n + m, and thus Lr is continuous, and that (because h, = 0) its average is zero, one finds
that from the boundedness of the derivative it follows that Lr by itself is bounded.

Section C. Convergence of a set of the zerocrossings which define periodic rectangular

waves functions written as sign (f;,) where ,fir are the zerocrossing functions (see Section
IV(a)) results convergence of the sequence of the functions L sign (f;,),

hm Lsign,f, = L[ ,lifnr signf.]. 643)


To prove this we consider Fourier coefficient number r of the function

0, = Lsignf,, , -L sign,/;, = L (sign ,f;,+ , -sign ./J,
which asymptotically (as r + co) is proportional to :

1 T
~* (sign &+ , -sign ./J edt.
r s0

Noting that the distinction between ,J,+ , andf;, is only in the shifts of the corresponding
zerocrossings :
&(Nf 1.0)= f(+ 1)_ p)
p , p= 1,2,...,m,
and, thus, the integrand is non-zero only in the time intervals of the lengths (Tt(+J), one
easily finds an upper limit for the absolute value of the Fourier coefficient as

,i pi, A, st:+ IS) /

with some constants A,,. The order I/r2 of the expression means that the Fourier series for
0, converges absolutely. With the help of the Parse4 equality, one obtains :

Here the right-hand side tends to zero as n tends to infinity because of the convergence of
the sequence t:, for any p.

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