# When is Laplace variable $s =j\omega$?

Having an exam next week!
I've searched a lot, couldn't find anything I could understand.

When is the Laplace variable $s$ equal to $j\omega$? Because I know that, by definition, $s = \sigma +j\omega$

Thank you!

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$s=\sigma+j\omega$ means that $s$ is a complex variable with real part $\sigma$ and imaginary part $\omega$. When the real part is equal to zero, we have $s=j\omega$.
@topoftheforts Ok, maybe this will help: with no constraint on $s$ you have the Fourier-Laplace transform. It becomes the Fourier transform when $\sigma=0$. It becomes the Laplace transform when $\omega=0$. –  user31373 Jun 29 '12 at 19:08