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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

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I/Q Imbalance, Physical Layer Security


This thesis consists of two research projects on wireless communication systems. In the first project, we propose a fast inphase and quadrature (I/Q) imbalance compensation technique for the analog quadrature modulators in direct conversion transmitters. The method needs no training sequence, no extra background data gathering process and no prior perfect knowledge of the envelope detector characteristics. In contrast to previous approaches, it uses points from both the linear and predictable nonlinear regions of the envelope detector to hasten convergence. We provide a least mean square (LMS) version and demonstrate that the quadrature modulator compensator converges.

In the second project, we propose a technique to deceive the automatic gain control (AGC) block in an eavesdropper's receiver to increase wireless physical layer data transmission secrecy. By sharing a key with the legitimate receiver and fluctuating the transmitted signal power level in the transmitter side, a positive average secrecy capacity can be achieved even when an eavesdropper has the same or even better additive white gaussian noise (AWGN) channel condition. Then, the possible options that an eavesdropper may choose to fight against our technique are discussed and analyzed, and approaches to eliminate these options are proposed. We demonstrate that a positive average secrecy capacity can still be achieved when an eavesdropper uses these options.


First Advisor

Dennis L. Goeckel