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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES Department of Computer Science CS M 171L & CS 117 Laboratory Student name: _____________________ Laboratory Exercise 3: Amplitude Modulation and Frequency Modulation This lab investigates modulation of a carrier waveform by a baseband signal that changes the amplitude, the phase, or the frequency of the carrier waveform. In DSBTC AM, the amplitude of a carrier waveform is modulated by the baseband signal at the input of a transmission line. In DSBSC AM, the phase of the carrier waveform is modulated by the baseband signal in 180º increments. In FM, the frequency of the carrier waveform is modulated by the baseband signal. In this lab, you will measure the power and bandwidth of the signals created by these three modulation techniques, and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. The main goals for experiments are: 1. Find the shape of the AM and FM signals in time domain for rectangular baseband signals with sinusoidal carrier 2. Find the effective bandwidth of AM and FM signals and estimate the power requirements for AM and FM. 3. Find the power spectrum of AM and FM signals and their Bandwidth. 4. Compare the obtained results of FM signals with AM signals. Make conclusion about required effective bandwidth and power. 5. Find how your measured data of modulated signal are close to the theoretical. Explain what are the main sources of errors. 1 2 Exercise #3: Theory (Include with protocol) Signal modulation is the process of encoding a baseband signal Sm (t) onto a carrier signal. It allows us to transmit the baseband signal over a range of frequencies near the carrier signal, then demodulate (Exercise #5) to recover the original baseband signal. 1) What would happen if you were to transmit many baseband signals through the same medium simultaneously? (Recall the principal of superposition.) How could we use modulation to successfully transmit all of these signals? Amplitude modulation (AM) changes the amplitude of a carrier signal in direct proportion to the baseband signal. If the baseband signal is periodic, the modulated signal can be represented by a Fourier series with terms symmetric around the original carrier frequency, which is present only if the baseband signal had a DC offset. If the carrier frequency is included in the modulated signal, it is called Dual Sideband Transmitted Carrier (DSBTC) AM. If the carrier frequency is omitted in the modulated signal (DC offset of the baseband signal was zero), it is called Dual Sideband Suppressed Carrier (DSBSC) AM. 2) The carrier signal Sc ( t ) = Ac cos( 2 fc t ) is amplitude modulated by a baseband square wave signal Sm ( t ) with amplitude Am = Ac (varies between +Ac and -Ac ) and frequency fm . Write the Fourier series for the modulated signals S( t ), for DSBTC AM (where the baseband DC offset is equal to +Ac ) and DSBSC AM. Include the AM constructional coefficient KAM . 3 Exercise #3: Theory (continued) (Include with protocol) DSBTC DSBSC 3) What is the power of each signal in question (2) above? Include the AM constructional coefficient KAM . DSBTC DSBSC 4) What is the absolute bandwidth of an AM signal in terms of the absolute bandwidth of the baseband signal? 5) What is the absolute bandwidth of each signal in question (2) above? DSBTC DSBSC Frequency modulation (FM) changes the phase of a sinusoidal carrier signal in direct proportion to the integral of the baseband signal over time. The 4 Exercise #3: Theory (continued) (Include with protocol) effect of this integration is to change the frequency of the carrier in direct proportion to the amplitude of the baseband signal. If the FM baseband signal is sinusoidal, the modulated signal can be represented by a Fourier series with terms symmetric around the original carrier frequency. We can use Bessel's trigonometric identities to calculate the amplitudes of each term of the Fourier series. 6) Write the formula (using Bessel functions) for the frequency modulated signal when the baseband signal is Sm ( t ) = Am cos( 2 fm t ) and the modulated signal is: d Scm t Ac cos 2 fc t , where k Sm t dt 7) Write the formula for the frequency modulation index kf with baseband signal Sm ( t ) = Am cos( 2 fm t ), and calculate kf when: Am = 4V, fm = 1000 Hz and KFM = 2 x 340. 8) Using the formula obtained in question (6) above and the Bessel function table given in the course reader, calculate and plot the power spectrum for the frequency modulated signal with a sinusoidal carrier signal (Ac = 4V and fc = 25 kHz) and a sinusoidal baseband signal (Am = 3V and fm = 1000 Hz). Assume the generator has FM constructional coefficient KFM = 2 x 340. Use these figures as the theoretical prediction in Part D of the experiment. 5 Exercise #3: Theory (continued) (Include with protocol) Vrms f fc 9) What is a useful approximation for the absolute bandwidth of an FM signal in terms of kf and the effective bandwidth of the baseband signal? 10) Calculate the amplitudes and frequencies in the theoretical AM and FM signal spectrum for the signals mentioned in parts A, B, C and D of the experiment. In part C, calculate the spectrum assuming that Am and Ac are already adjusted for KAM . Put these calculations into the shaded boxes of the Raw Data sheets ( ). 6

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