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Alternate Transmission Relaying Based on Interference Alignment in 3-Relay Half-Duplex MIMO Systems

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4 Author(s)
Seong-Ho Park ; Sch. of Electr. Eng., Korea Univ., Seoul, South Korea ; Ki-Hong Park ; Young-chai Ko ; Alouini, M.-S.

In a half-duplex relaying, the capacity pre-log factor 1/2 is a major drawback in spectral efficiency. This paper proposes a linear precoding/decoding scheme and an alternate relaying protocol in a dual-hop half-duplex system where three relays help the communication between the source and the destination. In our proposed scheme, we consider a phase incoherent method in relays in which the source alternately transmits message signals to the different relays. In addition, we propose a linear interference alignment scheme which can suppress the inter-relay interference resulting from the phase incoherence of relaying. Based on our analysis of degrees of freedom and our simulation results, we show that our proposed scheme achieves additional degrees of freedom compared to the conventional half-duplex relaying.

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 8 )