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Variable Bandwidth Multicarrier Communications: A New Waveform for the Delay-Scale Channel

Arunkumar, PK and Murthy, CR and Muralikrishna, P (2022) Variable Bandwidth Multicarrier Communications: A New Waveform for the Delay-Scale Channel. In: 23rd International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communication (SPAWC), 04-06 July 2022, Oulu, Finland.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/SPAWC51304.2022.9833981


In this paper, we develop a new waveform for communicating over a delay and time-scale spread wideband channel. This waveform, named Variable Bandwidth Multicarrier (VBMC) waveform, comprises multiple subcarriers that are constructed from chirp pulses used in radars and sonars, and is a multicarrier analogue of the sweep spread carrier waveform that time multiplexes the digital symbols onto a single chirp pulse. We design the subcarrier chirps to occupy progressively increasing, frequency-dependent bandwidth from the lower to upper frequency edge of the communication band. Due to this, the subcarriers of the VBMC waveform maintain their near mutual orthogonality even after passing through a delay and scale spread channel, resulting in low inter-carrier interference, and thereby facilitating a low complexity subcarrier-by-subcarrier decoding at the receiver. Numerical simulation of the bit error rate over delay-scale channels shows that the VBMC waveform outperforms the widely used Cyclic Prefix Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (CP-OFDM) and the recently developed Orthogonal Time-Frequency Space (OTFS) waveforms. © 2022 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications, SPAWC
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the IEEE.
Keywords: Bandwidth; Bit error rate; Chirp modulation; Underwater acoustic communication; Underwater acoustics, Chirp pulse; Multicarrier communications; Multicarriers; Orthogonal time-frequency space; Sub-carriers; Sweep spread carrier; Time-frequency space; Time-scales; Variable bandwidths; Waveforms, Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2023 11:58
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023 11:58
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/76759

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