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Low PAPR permformance for Monochromatic Frequency signals

  1. Jun 7, 2016 #1
    I understand what is Monochromatic frequency signals from https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/monochromatic-waves.570958/, but could somebody kindly give a brief explaination about "why does a monochromatic frequency signal result in poor PAPR (Peak to average Power Ratio) performance"?.

    Thank You.
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  3. Jun 8, 2016 #2


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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but I don't think that claim is necessarily true.

    A monochromatic signal is essentially just a simple, unmodulated sinusoidal wave. That gives a PAPR of 3 dB.

    Once you start modulating that signal, in frequency, phase or amplitude, its bandwidth will increase, but at that point it's no longer monochromatic.

    You can improve PAPR by starting with a square wave (and modulate its phase or frequency if you choose to modulate it), but the fact that a square wave is involved introduces spectral sidebands (the power spectral density of a square wave is sinc squared function). So at least in this respect, there is a trade-off between PAPR and spectral properties. Filtering off the sidebands can worsen PAPR properties.

    All that said, compare a monochromatic signal with a PAPR of 3 dB to a typical OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplxing) signal which can have a PAPR in excess of 12 dB. The narrowband, monochromatic signal has much better PAPR properties.
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