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Noncoherent Multiuser Communications: Multistage Detection and Selective Filtering

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20032002:821637

Received: 31 January 2002

Published: 2 January 2003


We consider noncoherent multiuser detection techniques for a system employing nonlinear modulation of nonorthogonal signals. Our aim is to investigate near-optimum noncoherent multiuser-detection techniques that utilize the received signal structure while retaining reasonable complexity. Near-optimum approximations of the maximum-likelihood detector are investigated where the signal structure is reflected in the approximation techniques explored. Several implementations of noncoherent-soft interference cancellers are proposed and investigated, each of which exploits the signal structure in a specific way. We propose a class of detectors that employ selective filtering, a technique that exploits the a priori information that each user selects one of signals for transmission. We show that selective filtering offers improved performance over the noncoherent counterparts of the existing near-optimum multiuser detectors. Both deterministic and blind adaptive implementations of selective filtering are considered. Numerical comparisons are provided to demonstrate the near-optimum performance of the proposed detectors.


decor relator MMSE noncoherent detection nonlinear modulation selective filtering SIC

Authors’ Affiliations

Lucent Technologies
Electrical Engineering Department, The Pennsylvania State University
WINLAB, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Rutgers University


© Sinha et al. 2002