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Atul Kumar, Maurizio Magarini, Hem Dutt Joshi, Rajiv Saxena, "Exact SER Analysis of DFrFT-Based QPSK OFDM System over Frequency Selective Rayleigh Fading Channel with CFO", *Journal of Computer Networks and Communications*, vol. 2016, Article ID 2804507, 7 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/2804507

# Exact SER Analysis of DFrFT-Based QPSK OFDM System over Frequency Selective Rayleigh Fading Channel with CFO

**Academic Editor:**Tzonelih Hwang

#### Abstract

We present the exact symbol error rate (SER) expression for quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulation in frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel for discrete fractional Fourier transform- (DFrFT-) based orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) system in the presence of carrier frequency offset (CFO). The theoretical result is confirmed by means of Monte Carlo simulations. It is shown that the performance of the proposed system, at different values of the DFrFT angle parameter “,” is better than that of OFDM based on discrete Fourier transform.

#### 1. Introduction

In the recent past, discrete fractional Fourier transform (DFrFT) has found wide application as an efficient tool for performing time-frequency analysis in many fields of digital signal processing (DSP) [1]. Here, the focus is on its use in place of discrete Fourier transform (DFT) in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) system for wireless communications. It is well known that DFT-based OFDM system has drawn major attention in broadband wireless communication due to its various advantages like less complex equalizer, robustness against multipath fading channel, high data rate, and efficient bandwidth utilization [2]. Due to these favorable properties, OFDM has been adopted by many wireless communication standards, such as wireless local area networks, that is, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, and IEEE 802.11n, wireless metropolitan area networks, that is, IEEE802.16a, 3GPP long term evolution, and terrestrial digital video broadcasting systems [3, 4].

In spite of several advantages associated with OFDM, there are also some disadvantages, such as high sensitivity to carrier frequency offset (CFO) [5]. The CFO at the receiver may be introduced due to either Doppler spreading, phase noise, or mismatching of transmitter and receiver carrier frequencies [6, 7]. The presence of CFO destroys the orthogonality between the subcarriers and generates the intercarrier interference (ICI) among them. Several methods are available in the literature to reduce the effect of ICI at the receiver like windowing [8], ICI self-cancellation [9], frequency domain equalization [10], and so forth. As shown in [11], a higher tolerance to ICI effects can be achieved by replacing DFT with DFrFT. The advantage of DFrFT over DFT was demonstrated by deriving an analytical expression of the signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) and using it to evaluate the performance. Note that, since DFrFT represents a generalization of the DFT, the analytical expression derived in [11] allows us to compute SIR for both DFT-based and DFrFT-based OFDM system.

However, in digital communication systems more interest is in the evaluation of the error probability in presence of CFO. For error probability analysis of OFDM in presence of CFO, two most widely methods are proposed in the literature. One method consists in using a Gaussian approximation for ICI, as a result of the central limit theorem, when the number of subcarriers is high [12]. However, in [13], it is shown that such an approximation leads to an overestimation of error performance, especially at high signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) values. In another method [14], a unique approach based on the use of characteristic functions and Beaulieu series is proposed to derive exact bit error rate (BER) expressions in the presence of ICI. By following [14], it is shown in [15] that the performance of DFrFT-based OFDM system is better than the DFT-based one in terms of BER. However, only binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulation has been considered in [15] for BER analysis.

In this paper, we focus on performance analysis of DFrFT-based OFDM system for quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulation technique in presence of CFO. The advantage of QPSK over BPSK is a well-known fact. The main contribution of this paper consists in the derivation of the analytical expression of symbol error rate (SER) for DFrFT-based QPSK OFDM system over frequency selective fading channel with CFO. With the help of theoretical and simulation results, it is shown that the performance of DFrFT-based OFDM system is better than DFT-based one in terms of SER at different values of DFrFT angle parameter “.”

It is worth noting that the higher tolerance to CFO of DFrFT-based OFDM systems is achieved without any significant increase in implementation complexity compared to efficient fast Fourier transform (FFT) implementation of DFT. As shown in [16], when the length of the block of samples on which to compute DFrFT is a power of 2, the number of complex multiplications required is , which is of the same order as FFT. This low computational efficiency has recently increased the efforts towards the development of dedicated hardware implementations as, for example, those described in [17, 18].

The paper is organized as follows. Sections 2 and 3 introduce the system model and the mathematical derivation of the SER, respectively. Comparison of simulation and theoretical results are given in Section 4. Section 5 gives concluding remarks.

#### 2. System Model

An -point OFDM system is considered where the input bit stream is encoded into complex QPSK symbols that are drawn from the set ±1 ±*j*. The block of transmitted symbols applied to the input of the inverse DFrFT (IDFrFT) at discrete-time is , where is the symbol transmitted on the th subcarrier. In the following, to simplify notation, the dependence on will be omitted. After taking the -point IDFrFT, the expression of the th transmitted sample is written aswhere is the kernel of IDFrFT given bywith and being the sampling intervals in the time and fractional Fourier domain, respectively, related as . The fractional Fourier domain makes an angle with the time-domain, where is a real number that varies from 0 to 1. Note that, at , that is, , DFrFT converts into its DFT counterpart. By inserting a cyclic prefix (CP) of length the transmitted th sample is written asConsidering the transmission over a frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel, the th sample of the received OFDM symbol in presence of CFO () can be expressed aswhere is the th coefficient of the impulse response of the multipath fading channel at time , is the useful duration of one OFDM symbol, is CFO normalized by the subcarrier spacing , and represents the time-domain circular complex additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with zero mean and variance .

At the receiver, if the length of CP is higher than the maximum delay spread of the multipath channel, that is, , and if the CFO is correctly estimated and compensated the received signal would be impaired only by the distortions introduced by the channel. However, because of the presence of estimation errors, time varying Doppler shift, and oscillators drift, there exists residual frequency offset and, therefore, the model in (4) holds. Hence, after removing the CP, the DFrFT of the received signal can be expressed aswhere is the kernel given by

#### 3. SER Analysis

Substituting the value of in (5), after some mathematical manipulation the received signal on subcarrier in the presence of CFO is expressed as where is the complex data symbol transmitted on the th subcarrier, is the channel frequency response for the th subcarrier, denotes the ICI coefficient, and is the frequency-domain circular complex AWGN with zero mean and variance . From (7), we denote the noiseless signal received on subcarrier as A block Rayleigh fading channel assumption is done, where the channel coefficients remain constant for the entire duration of the OFDM symbol. By adopting a matrix notation, let be the time-domain channel vector whose complex entries are i.i.d. random variables with average power , Rayleigh distributed amplitude, and uniform distributed phase, where denotes the transpose operation. The vector containing the frequency domain complex channel coefficients for all the subcarriers can be expressed as , where is matrix obtained by taking columns of the DFrFT matrix defined in [11]. The ICI coefficient is defined in [15] as

The equalized signal on the first subcarrier iswhere is the complex conjugate of . Without loosing generality, in what follows we assume that symbol transmitted on the first subcarrier is . Therefore, considering the complex plane, the probability of making a correct decision corresponds to the probability that falls in the first quadrant . Using standard procedure, the probability of making a correct decision conditioned on the given value of iswhere () denotes the real (imaginary) part of complex number and . The probability of correct decision is obtained by averaging (11) over the joint two-dimensional (2D) probability density function (PDF) defined by the real and imaginary parts of as

As shown in [19], the simplest way to derive a closed form expression of is to compute its 2D characteristic function (CHF) in the frequency domain. Following the mathematical derivation reported in [20], the resulting 2D CHF is The 2D PDF resulting from the inverse Fourier transform of (13) isIn the above equation is the Dirac delta function, , , and is the entry of the matrix withwhere , , and is an vector corresponding to the binary codeword of the number , in which zeros have been substituted with −1s. Note that, because of the symmetry of the QPSK constellation, in what follows the conditioning on will be omitted for keeping notation simple.

It is worth noting that the 2D PDF given in (14) is a function of and, therefore, by replacing it in (12) and averaging we getwhere the dependence on is implicit in and . The analytical expression of the SER given is The analytic expression of the unconditional SER is obtained from It is worth noting that the derivation of in (18) involves the computation of an -dimensional integral and, therefore, it is difficult to evaluate. The computation can be simplified by observing that, for the considered frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel model, the entries of the frequency domain channel vector are a mixture of complex Gaussian random variables. As a consequence, for a given value of , the two random variables and appearing in (16) are Gaussian and they can be fully specified through their mean and variance. The analytical expression of is obtained by using the conditional mean and the conditional variance in the Gaussian PDFs of , , that are used to average (17). Following the mathematical derivation of [20], the conditional probability of error after the average is where (i) is the entry of the matrix with being the channel autocovariance matrix given in [15];(ii) is the th element of the vector , where and , , , .

The SER expression is obtained by averaging over the PDF of as [21]Considering that is Rayleigh distributed, the SER expression for QPSK resulting from computation of (21) is given bywhere is the SNR, with and denoting the average energy per symbol and the power spectral density of complex AWGN, respectively, and is the entry of the matrix , in which is the Kronecker product, is vectors of** 1**s, and . Substituting in and in (22) we get the SER expression of QPSK for conventional OFDM system given by equation (16) of [5]. This is in conformity with the fact that DFrFT-based OFDM is a generalization of conventional DFT-based OFDM system.

#### 4. Simulation Results

First of all, in order to verify the correctness of the analysis done in Section 3, SER results obtained from Monte Carlo (MC) simulation, marked as , are compared to those predicted by (22). The impact of DFrFT angle parameter on the performance is evaluated to find the value that minimizes the SER for different values of the normalized CFO at a given SNR. Analytical and MC simulation results obtained for and at dB with in case of transmission over a frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel with are shown in Figure 1. A perfect match is observed between simulation and analytical results. The choice of dB allows having more pronounced minima and, at the same time, represents a value that is about in the middle of the range of SNR values considered for measuring SER that will be shown in Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5. Even if we have not reported this in the present results, for the same values of optimal have been found for the same values of , , and . It is worth noting that Figure 1 shows results only for positive values of . For negative values , with denoting the modulus, the resulting optimal value is specular, with respect to , to the optimal obtained for a positive normalized CFO value with the same absolute value ; that is, .

From Figure 1 we observe that the optimal value of is not the same for all the considered values of . The sensitivity of the SER performance to variations of can be evaluated if we consider that in practical situations the normalized CFO is not a constant parameter but it has small random deviations around a fixed value . As in [22], we assume that can be modeled as a zero mean Gaussian random variable. Figure 2 reports the SER performance versus the angle parameter for , dB, and , with being the standard deviation of . Numerical results shown in Figure 4 have been obtained by averaging the performance given by (22), computed at different values of for a given and SNR, with the discretized Gaussian PDF of for the considered . Discretization of the Gaussian PDF has been done by dividing the interval ) in bins of size and normalizing the resulting discrete probability to add up to . Computation of (22) has been done considering as values of the centers of the discrete intervals. From Figure 2 we observe that when increases from to the optimal value of has a slight increase that the corresponding SER performance starts having a significant degradation when . Similar results have been obtained for and , not reported here.

In order to analyze the SER versus of DFrFT-based OFDM system for , we have considered the value of that as shown in Figure 1 allows achieving a good performance for all the considered values of . A comparison between the performance of DFrFT-based OFDM system and that based on DFT, obtained by setting , in (22), is shown in Figure 3. From the presented results we observe that DFrFT allows achieving a significant improvement of SER performance over DFT, especially in the high SNR region, where the error floor is reduced by more than an order of magnitude.

For the DFrFT-based OFDM system the sensitivity of SER performance to random deviations from is studied in Figure 4 considering the same values of Figure 2. In our simulations, for all the values of , we have chosen that, from Figure 2, gives a minimum SER at when . This allows us to study the impact of on the performance when the design of is done considering the normalized CFO as fixed constant parameter. From Figure 4 we see that for there is a substantial performance degradation in comparison to . Note that at high SNR the error floor for increases up to more than one order of magnitude with respect to . However, by mean of a comparison with the performance achieved by DFT-based OFDM with and , reported in Figure 4 as a reference, we see that DFrFT-based OFDM always provides a better performance for all the considered values of .

Figure 5 reports SER versus of a DFrFT-based OFDM system for , and in case of transmission over a frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel with . The same value , considered for , is here used for . Again, at high SNR the DFrFT-based OFDM system allows achieving a gain of more than one order of magnitude over DFT-based OFDM system in SER performance.

#### 5. Conclusion

This article provides an exact SER expression of QPSK modulation technique for DFrFT-based OFDM system over frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel in presence of CFO. The results produced are clearly demonstrating that the proposed DFrFT-based OFDM system overcomes the DFT-based one. A lower SER can be achieved by properly choosing the DFrFT angle parameter “.” The sensitivity of the SER performance to random deviations from the fixed value of CFO used for the design of the optimal “” is also presented. The study confirms that the DFrFT system prevails due to the controlled SER through the angle parameter “.” It is worth noting that this improvement is achieved without adding any implementation complexity cost compared to DFT-based OFDM.

#### Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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