Author Date

2019-07-24

Degree Name

BS

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Defense Date

2019-07-31

Publication Date

2019-08-06

First Faculty Advisor

Willie Harrison

First Faculty Reader

Michael Rice

Honors Coordinator

Karl Warnick

Keywords

quadrature amplitude modulation, physicallayer security, security gap, coset coding

Abstract

This thesis propose adding an irregular quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) constellation to a wireless transmission scheme in order to obtain greater control over the signal-tonoise ratio (SNR) required to successfully decode the signal. By altering the separation between adjacent symbols, the minimum required SNR is raised without degradation in the performance of the scheme. This allows the system to adapt to preferable channel conditions for the authorized user, making it harder for eavesdroppers to intercept and decode the transmission, thus making the communication safer. In addition, we show that by overlaying a coset code onto the QAM constellation, a new, stronger security gap metric can be further improved. Results show the effectiveness of this strategy with an interleaved coding for secrecy with a hidden key (ICSHK) scheme.

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