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Amplitude modulation with large carrier

Perhaps the simplest form of (analog) transmission system modulates the message signal by a high frequency carrier in a two-stepprocedure: multiply the message by the carrier, then add the product to the carrier.At the receiver, the message can be demodulated by extracting the envelope of the received signal.

Consider the transmitted/modulated signal

v ( t ) = A c w ( t ) cos ( 2 π f c t ) + A c cos ( 2 π f c t ) = A c ( w ( t ) + 1 ) cos ( 2 π f c t )

diagrammed in [link] . The process of multiplying the signal in timeby a (co)sinusoid is called mixing . This can be rewritten in the frequency domainby mimicking the development from [link] to [link] . Using the convolution property of Fourier Transforms [link] , the transform of v ( t ) is

V ( f ) = F { A c ( w ( t ) + 1 ) cos ( 2 π f c t ) } = A c F { ( w ( t ) + 1 ) } * F { cos ( 2 π f c t ) } .

The spectra of F { w ( t ) + 1 } and | V ( f ) | are sketched in [link] (a) and (b). The vertical arrows in (b) represent the transform of the cosine carrierat frequency f c (i.e., a pair of delta functions at ± f c ) and the scaling by A c 2 is indicated next to the arrowheads.

A communications system using amplitude modulation with a large carrier. In the transmitter (a), the message signal w(t) is modulated by a carrier wave at frequency f_c and then added to the carrier to give the transmitted signal v(t). In (b), the received signal is passed through an envelope detector consisting of an absolute value nonlinearity followed by a lowpass filter. When all goes well, the output m(t) of the receiver is approximately equal to the original message.
A communications system using amplitude modulation with a large carrier. Inthe transmitter (a), the message signal w ( t ) is modulated by a carrier wave at frequency f c and then added to the carrier to give the transmitted signal v ( t ) . In (b), the received signal is passed through an envelope detector consistingof an absolute value nonlinearity followed by a lowpass filter. When all goes well, the output m ( t ) of the receiver is approximately equal to theoriginal message.
Spectra of the signals in the large carrier amplitude modulation system of Figure 5-2. Lowpass filtering (d) gives a scaled version of (a).
Spectra of the signals in the large carrier amplitude modulation system of [link] . Lowpass filtering (d) gives a scaled version of (a).

If w ( t ) - 1 , the envelope of v ( t ) is the same as w ( t ) and an envelope detector can be used as a demodulator. One way to find the envelope of a signal is to lowpass filterthe absolute value. To see this analytically, observe that

F { | v ( t ) | } = F { | A c ( w ( t ) + 1 ) cos ( 2 π f c t ) | } = | A c | F { | w ( t ) + 1 | | cos ( 2 π f c t ) | } = | A c | F { w ( t ) + 1 } * F { | cos ( 2 π f c t ) | }

where the absolute value can be removed from w ( t ) + 1 because w ( t ) + 1 > 0 (by assumption). The spectrum of F { | cos ( 2 π f c t | } , shown in [link] (c), may be familiar from Exercise  [link] . Accordingly, F { | v ( t ) | } is the convolution shown in [link] (d). Low pass filtering this returns w ( t ) + 1 , which is the envelope of v ( t ) offset by the constant one.

An example is given in the following M atlab program. The “message” signal is a sinusoid with a drift in the DC offset,and the carrier wave is at a much higher frequency.

time=.33; Ts=1/10000;                         % sampling interval and time t=0:Ts:time; lent=length(t);                  % define a "time" vectorfc=1000; c=cos(2*pi*fc*t);                    % define carrier at freq fc fm=20; w=10/lent*[1:lent]+cos(2*pi*fm*t);     % create "message" > -1 v=c.*w+c;                                     % modulate with large carrierfbe=[0 0.05 0.1 1]; damps=[1 1 0 0]; fl=100;  % low pass filter design b=firpm(fl,fbe,damps);                        % impulse response of LPFenvv=(pi/2)*filter(b,1,abs(v));               % find envelope
AMlarge.m large carrier AM demodulated with “envelope” (download file)

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