You can find an introduction to signals here. This post is part of a series on Image and Signal Processing.

If you are looking for the *energy* of a signal, you may read the dedicated note. Now, let’s dive into the power of a signal to better understand it.

## Power of a signal

The power of a signal is defined mathematically as:

Note that in the latter case $|f(t)|^2 = f(t) \bar{f(t)}$, where $\bar{f(t)}$ is the complex conjugate of $f(t)$.

The definition thus varies slightly depending on the type of signal: the ways you compute the power of real signals and complex signals are a little different. You may want to read more about complex numbers.

A signal is said to be a power signal (or with finite power) if the integral $P_f$ converges and is not $0$.

If
$f$ is an energy signal then it *cannot* be a power signal (and vice-versa).
Some signals are not power nor energy signals — so beware!