Relation to functions positive real in the right-half plane
Theorem. , where is any positive real number.
Proof. We shall show that the change of variable , provides a conformal map from the z-plane to the s-plane that takes the region to the region . The general formula for a bilinear conformal mapping of functions of a complex variable is given by
In general, a bilinear transformation maps circles and lines into circles and lines [Churchill 1960]. We see that the choice of three specific points and their images determines the mapping for all and . We must have that the imaginary axis in the s-plane maps to the unit circle in the z-plane. That is, we may determine the mapping by three points of the form and . If we predispose one such mapping by choosing the pairs and , then we are left with transformations of the form
Letting be some point on the imaginary axis, and be some point on the unit circle, we find that
which gives us that is real. To avoid degeneracy, we require , and this translates to finite and nonzero. Finally, to make the unit disk map to the left-half s-plane, and must have the same sign in which case .
There is a bonus associated with the restriction that be real which is that
We have therefore proven
Theorem. PR PR, where is any positive real number.
The class of mappings of the form Eq. (1.3) which take the exterior of the unit circle to the right-half plane is larger than the class Eq. (1.3). For example, we may precede the transformation Eq. (1.3) by any conformal map which takes the unit disk to the unit disk, and these mappings have the algebraic form of a first order complex allpass whose zero lies inside the unit circle.
where is the zero of the allpass and the image (also pre-image) of the origin, and is an angle of pure rotation. Note that Eq. (1.3) is equivalent to a pure rotation, followed by a realallpass substitution ( real), followed by a pure rotation. The general preservation of condition (2) in Def. 2 forces the real axis to map to the real axis. Thus rotations by other than are useless, except perhaps in some special cases. However, we may precede Eq. (1.3) by the first order real allpass substitution
which maps the real axis to the real axis. This leads only to the composite transformation,
which is of the form Eq. (1.3) up to a minus sign (rotation by). By inspection of Eq. (1.3), it is clear that sign negation corresponds to the swapping of points and , or and . Thus the only extension we have found by means of the general disk to disk pre-transform, is the ability to interchange two of the three points already tried. Consequently, we conclude that the largest class of bilinear transforms which convert functions positive real in the outer disk to functions positive real in the right-half plane is characterized by
Riemann's theorem may be used to show that Eq. (1.3) is also the largest such class of conformal mappings. It is not essential, however, to restrict attention solely to conformal maps. The pre-transform , for example, is not conformal and yet PR is preserved.
The bilinear transform is one which is used to map analog filters intodigital filters. Another such mapping is called the matched transform [Rabiner and Gold 1975]. It also preserves the positive real property.
Theorem. is PR if is positive real in the analog sense, where is interpreted as the sampling period.
Proof. The mapping takes the right-half -plane to the outer disk in the -plane. Also is real if is real. Hence PR implies PR. (Note, however, that rational functions do not in general map to rational functions.)
These transformations allow application of the large battery of tests which exist for functions positive real in the right-half plane [Van Valkenburg 1960].