Abstract

A general method for compressing the modulation time–bandwidth product of analog signals is introduced. As one of its applications, this physics-based signal grooming, performed in the analog domain, allows a conventional digitizer to sample and digitize the analog signal with variable resolution. The net result is that frequency components that were beyond the digitizer bandwidth can now be captured and, at the same time, the total digital data size is reduced. This compression is lossless and is achieved through a feature selective reshaping of the signal’s complex field, performed in the analog domain prior to sampling. Our method is inspired by operation of Fovea centralis in the human eye and by anamorphic transformation in visual arts. The proposed transform can also be performed in the digital domain as a data compression algorithm to alleviate the storage and transmission bottlenecks associated with “big data.”

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