The EXP function returns the natural exponential function of Expression.



Example 1

Plot a Gaussian distribution with a 1/e width of 10 and a center of 50 by entering:

myPlot = PLOT(EXP(-(FINDGEN(100)/10. - 5.0)^2))

Example 2

Create a simple PLOT of the decay of radioactive tritium (H3) in a waste tank, beginning in 1995 and going for 35 years, given the following:

  • initial concentration (N0) = 7,000,000 pCi/L
  • tank was sealed after initial filling
  • half life tritium (t1/2) = 12.32 years
  • decay constant tritium (k) = (-ln(2)/t1/2)
  • t = number of years from 1995
  • concentration in a given year (N) = N0e-kt

Copy and paste the following code at the IDL command line to generate the plot below:

; Decay constant of tritium.
; Initial concentration in the tank in pCi/L.
; Create the plot using 1995 as the base year.
myPlot = PLOT((1995+FINDGEN(35)), (ipCi*EXP(decay*FINDGEN(35))), $
   DIMENSIONS=[753, 500], XTITLE="Year", $
   TITLE="Simple Tritium Decay at Source (pCi/L)", $
   YTITLE="Tritium Concentration (pCi/L)" )

IDL creates the following plot:


Result = EXP(Expression)

Return Value

Returns the natural exponential function of the given Expression.



The expression to be evaluated. If Expression is double-precision floating or complex, the result is of the same type. All other types are converted to single-precision floating-point and yield floating-point results. The definition of the exponential function for complex arguments is:

EXP(x) = COMPLEX(eRcos I, eRsin I)


R = real part of x, and I = imaginary part of x. If Expression is an array, the result has the same structure, with each element containing the result for the corresponding element of Expression.


Thread Pool Keywords

This routine is written to make use of IDL’s thread pool, which can increase execution speed on systems with multiple CPUs. The values stored in the !CPU system variable control whether IDL uses the thread pool for a given computation. In addition, you can use the thread pool keywords TPOOL_MAX_ELTS, TPOOL_MIN_ELTS, and TPOOL_NOTHREAD to override the defaults established by !CPU for a single invocation of this routine. See Thread Pool Keywords for details.

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