unit step response of RC high pass filter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by amangupta1219, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. amangupta1219

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    what is the unit step response of a high pass RC filter ?
    I want to calculate using transfer function approach.
    My solution :
    Y(s)/X(s) = RCs/(1+sRC)

    taking inverse laplace transform we should get

    But if we consider Y(s)=RC/(1+sRC)
    RCsY(s) + Y(s) = RC
    then this is a non homogeneous equation
    so the solution should contain a dc term also which is a complementary function.
    but the previous solution i have written above does not contain the dc term.
    Please clarify this........
  2. electron_prince


    Sep 19, 2012
    First Check whether your RC high pass filter is a LTI system or not?

    if it's LTI system then check for it's unit impulse response. Once unit impulse response is known, use convolution techniques to find unit step response of that system. That's all i know.

    But if i forgot all theories that i have learned from books, then i see unit step signal as a dc signal. and high pass filter won't give any output for it.

    Your first solution appears logical because at time t = 0, it will give output 1 (capacitor behave like a short circuit) and as time proceeds, the output exponentially approach towards zero.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012