Pole/zero cancellations in time-varying systems

Richard T. O’brien, Pablo A. Iglesias

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Poles and zeros are defined for continuous-time, linear, time-varying systems. A pole set for a time-varying state equation defines a stability-preserving variable change relating the original state equation to a time-varying, diagonal state equation. A zero is a function of time corresponding to an exponential input whose transmission to the output is blocked within the system. These definitions are shown to be generalizations of the definitions of poles and zeros in the time-invariant case. Using these definitions, it is shown that the relationship between the loss of controllability and/or observability in cascade systems and pole/zero cancellations is analogous to the relationship in the time-invariant case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-130
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Control
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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