Detection of temporally correlated signals over multipath fading channels

Yifei Huang*, Xiaojing Huang

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An optimal detection method along with two reduced-complexity methods, modified energy detection (MED) and equal gain detection (EGD), under low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) condition are proposed in this paper for detection of temporally correlated signals over multipath fading channels. By incorporating resolvable multipaths and multiple antennas into system model, these detection methods are derived based on maximum log-likelihood ratio (LLR) test principal and using the same low SNR LLR approximation. Analytical performance expressions for MED and EGD are also given. Simulation results show that, when signal exhibits temporal correlation, the proposed optimal detection and EGD achieve better performance than conventional generalized likelihood ratio test through utilizing multipath propagation. Further, the proposed MED is superior to conventional energy detection if it a priori signal temporal correlation information is exploited. It is also revealed that multipath tap correlation can have either constructive or destructive effect to spectrum sensing. The proposed EGD is proven to be a practical technique for reliable spectrum sensing over multipath fading channels as it approaches optimal performance with low complexity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6416892
Pages (from-to)1290-1299
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • and tap correlation
  • cognitive radio
  • maximum likelihood ratio test
  • multipath fading
  • Spectrum sensing


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