Amplitude modulation

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What is AM?

Amplitude Modulation is the done by modulating the Amplitude of an sinoid Carrier signal using the incoming signal.

The Carrier signal is a sinusoid with a fixed Frequency at least twice as high as the highest frequency occuring in the spectrum of the incoming signal. Usually a much higher frequency is choosen.

Amplitude Modulation schemes have been widely used in Analog Radio.

Mathematical Setting

The output signal is the simple product of incoming signal and Carrier Signal.

An Example

Carrier Signal in time domain Carrier Signal in frequency domain (to be added)
Modulating Signal in time domain Modulating Signal in frequency domain (to be added)
AM Signal AM Signal in frequency domain (to be added)

Special Kinds of AM

  • DSSC, double side band supressed carrier
  • SSB, single side band
  • residual sideband modulation (modulation used for analog TV applications)
  • QAM