# Power Spectral Density

Question asked by rohit_jun22 in #Coffee Room on Jun 23, 2012

rohit_jun22 · Jun 23, 2012

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What is the physical significance of power spectral density. I know it is used in calculation of bandwidth in digital communication systems, but i could not exactly figure out why PSD? Why cant we just calculate the bandwidth like we do in amplifier circuits (change the frequency and measure the gain)
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pratap singh, upendra · Jun 25, 2012

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actually the energy associated with a modulated wave depends upon the the various wavelengths that constitute it.

PSD will give you the average power contribution per wavelength that the modulated wave is possessing.

we cannot calculate the bandwidth as we do in an amplifier circuit because in case of an amplifier circuit, there is a single frequency taken into consideration at a particular instance. The modulated waves that we have in digital systems have a mixture of frequencies and calculus approach is prerequisite to calculation of bandwidth

PSD will give you the average power contribution per wavelength that the modulated wave is possessing.

we cannot calculate the bandwidth as we do in an amplifier circuit because in case of an amplifier circuit, there is a single frequency taken into consideration at a particular instance. The modulated waves that we have in digital systems have a mixture of frequencies and calculus approach is prerequisite to calculation of bandwidth