We can apply the same analysis to a one-pole transfer function. Let denote any real or complex number:
The convergence criterion is now , or . For the region of convergence to include the unit circle (our frequency axis), we must have , which is our usual stability criterion for a pole at . The inverse z transform is then the causal decaying sampled exponential
Now consider the rewritten case:
where the inverse z transform is the inverse bilateral z transform. In this case, the convergence criterion is , or , and this region includes the unit circle when .
In summary, when the region-of-convergence of the z transform is assumed to include the unit circle of the plane, poles inside the unit circle correspond to stable, causal, decaying exponentials, while poles outside the unit circle correspond to anticausal exponentials that decay toward time , and stop before time zero.
Figures 8.8(a) through 8.8(d) illustrate the two types of exponentials (causal and anticausal) that correspond to poles (inside and outside the unit circle) when the z transform region of convergence is defined to include the unit circle.