Performance of Multicarrier CDMA in Frequency-Selective Fading Via Statistical Physics

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This correspondence extends previous work on direct-sequence code-division multiple access (DS-CDMA) to give a single-user characterization of multicarrier (MC) CDMA systems. Results on the error performance and information rate of a family of multiuser detectors for MC-CDMA are obtained using the replica method, which was originally developed in statistical physics. The central result is the "decoupling principle", namely, an MC-CDMA channel with frequency-selective fading followed by a generic multiuser detection front end can be decoupled into a bank of single-user fading channels in the large-system limit. Thus, conditioned on one's fading coefficients, each user essentially experiences an equivalent single-user Gaussian channel with a degradation in the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in lieu of multiaccess interference. A set of joint equations is identified, which determines the degradation for each user, known as the multiuser efficiency. The spectral efficiencies under both optimal joint decoding and separate single-user decoding following multiuser detection are obtained analytically. The result applies to arbitrary input distribution and SNRs, and to optimal multiuser detection as well as various suboptimal schemes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1765-1774
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
StatePublished - Apr 2006


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