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Rayleigh Fading Multi-Antenna Channels

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Information theoretic properties of flat fading channels with multiple antennas are investigated. Perfect channel knowledge at the receiver is assumed. Expressions for maximum information rates and outage probabilities are derived. The advantages of transmitter channel knowledge are determined and a critical threshold is found beyond which such channel knowledge gains very little. Asymptotic expressions for the error exponent are found. For the case of transmit diversity closed form expressions for the error exponent and cutoff rate are given. The use of orthogonal modulating signals is shown to be asymptotically optimal in terms of information rate.

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Correspondence to Alex Grant.

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Grant, A. Rayleigh Fading Multi-Antenna Channels. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2002, 260208 (2002).

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  • space-time channels
  • transmit diversity
  • information theory
  • error exponents