Frequency Modulation (FM)

Frequency Modulation (FM)


The frequency modulation (FM) is a type of angle modulation in which the instantaneous frequency fi(t) is varied in linear proportion with the instantaneous magnitude of the message signal x (t).

The mathematical expression for FM is as follows:

In this expression fc denotes the frequency of unmodulated carrier and the constant krepresents the frequency sensitivity of the modulator. Its units are Hz/ volt, assuming the message signal to be a voltage signal.

Since the instantaneous frequency fi(t) of FM is changing continuously with time, we have to take the integration of x (t) over a duration of 0 to t.

Now we can write the expression of θ (t) for FM.

The expression for θ (t) of FM wave is given by:

Mathematical Expression for FM

We can use θ (t) to write the expression for FM in time domain as under:

Relationship between FM and PM

The expressions for the FM and PM waves in the time domain are given by:

Generation of FM Using Phase Modulator

Comparing the above expressions, we can conclude that an FM wave is actually a PM wave having a modulating signal

This means that we can generate FM wave by applying the integrated version of x (t) to a phase modulator as shown in figure 1 below.

Fig. 1: Generation of FM using Phase Modulator



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