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Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications: An MPEG Enabled Service by Donald C. Mead

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Appendix B. QPSK Modulation and Demodulation

Modulation is a process whereby an information signal modifies a second signal called the carrier. In demodulation, the information signal is recovered from the modulated carrier.

Since most carriers are sinusoids, we can write the carrier as

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Various modulation schemes have been designed to vary A (amplitude modulation), ωc (frequency modulation), or ø (phase modulation). Varying ωc or φ is sometimes called angle modulation. Note that with angle modulation, the amplitude of the modulated carrier does not vary. This leads to the language that an angle-modulated carrier has constant envelope.

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