Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Ali N. Akansu

Second Advisor

Alexander Haimovich

Third Advisor

Osvaldo Simeone


The main advantage of Generalized Discrete Fourier Transform (GDFT) is its ability to design a wide selection of constant modulus orthogonal code sets, based on the desired performance metrics mimicking the engineering specs of interest. One of the main drawbacks of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) systems is the high Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR) value which is directly related to power consumption of the system. Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) spread OFDM technology, also known as Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SCFDMA), which has a lower PAPR value, is used for uplink channel.

In this thesis, the PAPR of DFT spread OFDM was further decreased by using a GDFT concept. The performance improvements of GDFT based PAPR reduction for various SCFDMA communications scenarios were evaluated by simulations. Performance simulation results showed that PAPR efficiency of SCFDMA systems for Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK), Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK) and 16 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (16-QAM), digital modulation techniques are increased.