Conference Paper

A robust underwater acoustic communication system using OFDM-MIMO

Cranfield Univ., Oxfordshire
DOI: 10.1109/OCEANSE.2007.4302422 Conference: OCEANS 2007 - Europe
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The paper will consider the viability of exploiting the spatial diversity that exists in doubly-spread, underwater acoustic communications channels to provide enhanced capacity using an OFDM-MIMO system. The proposed method offers two forms of diversity. First, coded orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (COFDM) provides frequency diversity by exploiting the frequency selectivity inherent in channels that suffer from multipath propagation. Second, multiple transducers are used to exploit the spatial diversity that exists in underwater acoustic channels, also due to multipath propagation. This allows the multi-transducer communication system to be viewed as a multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) system to provided potential capacity gain.

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    • "where α (f ) represents the medium absorption coefficient, A ∈ [5] [10] dB is the so-called transmission anomaly, which accounts for the degradation of the acoustic intensity caused by multiple path propagation, refraction, diffraction, and scattering of sound and ρ has a unit mean Rayleigh cumulative distribution D ρ (ρ) = 1 − exp −πρ 2 /4 . ρ is a normalized random variable that represents the power gain of the fading. "
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    Communications (ICC), 2011 IEEE International Conference on; 07/2011
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    • "Although the concept of MIMO-OFDM for UWC has been proposed in e.g. [6] "
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    • "The combination of MIMO and OFDM is an appealing low-complexity solution for highly spectrally efficient communications over the bandwidth-limited frequencyselective underwater channels. Previous work on MIMO underwater communications includes space-time coding to increase link reliability (an Alamouti design has been conceptually described and tested through simulation in [5]) and spatial multiplexing to increase the data rate (a 2×4 system was demonstrated using experimental data in [4]). "
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