Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Alexander M. Wyglinski, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Lifeng Lai, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Thomas Eisenbarth, Committee Member




In recent years the demand for spectrum has been steadily growing. With the limited amount of spectrum available, Spectrum Pooling has gained immense popularity. As a result of various studies, it has been established that most of the licensed spectrum remains underutilized. Spectrum Pooling or spectrum sharing concentrates on making the most of these whitespaces in the licensed spectrum. These unused parts of the spectrum are usually available in chunks. A secondary user looking to utilize these chunks needs a device capable of transmitting over distributed frequencies, while not interfering with the primary user. Such a process is known as Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) and a device capable of it is known as Cognitive Radio. In such a scenario, multicarrier communication that transmits data across the channel in several frequency subcarriers at a lower data rate has gained prominence. Its appeal lies in the fact that it combats frequency selective fading. Two methods for implementing multicarrier modulation are non-contiguous orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (NCOFDM)and filter bank multicarrier modulation (FBMC). This thesis aims to implement a novel FBMC transmitter using software defined radio (SDR) with modulated filters based on a lowpass prototype. FBMCs employ two sets of bandpass filters called analysis and synthesis filters, one at the transmitter and the other at the receiver, in order to filter the collection of subcarriers being transmitted simultaneously in parallel frequencies. The novel aspect of this research is that a wireless transmitter based on non-contiguous FBMC is being used to design spectrally agile waveforms for dynamic spectrum access as opposed to the more popular NC-OFDM. Better spectral containment and bandwidth efficiency, combined with lack of cyclic prefix processing, makes it a viable alternative for NC-OFDM. The main aim of this thesis is to prove that FBMC can be practically implemented for wireless communications. The practicality of the method is tested by transmitting the FBMC signals real time by using the Simulink environment and USRP2 hardware modules.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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FBMC, spectrally agile, NC-FBMC