Research Letters in Communications

VolumeΒ 2008Β (2008), Article IDΒ 121383, 4 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/121383

## Slow Adaptive -QAM under Third-Party Received Signal Constraints in Shadowing Environments

^{1}Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA^{2}InterDigital Inc., King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Received 9 March 2008; Accepted 23 May 2008

Academic Editor: LucaΒ De Nardis

Copyright Β© 2008 Yan Li and Shalinee Kishore. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

Motivated by recent interest in dynamic spectrum sharing between primary and secondary spectrum users, we investigate slow adaptive quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) under third-party received power constraints. The optimal rate and power adaptation schemes are derived to maximize the average spectral efficiency (SE) for the secondary users. Additionally, closed-form expressions of the achievable SE are presented for correlated lognormal shadow fading environments. Our analytical and numerical results underscore the importance of exploiting shadowing correlation in the proposed adaptive schemes.

#### 1. Introduction

Opportunistic secondary access of licensed spectrum bands permits secondary users to transmit on these spectral bands as long as the primary licensee's interference temperature is below its tolerable level. This spectrum sharing approach has motivated recent studies of the channel capacity with constrained received-signal power at a third-party receiver [1, 2]. Figure 1 shows the associated system model in which a secondary transmitter communicates with a secondary receiver over a licensed-band, resulting in interference to a primary user. The channel gain between the transmitter and the primary receiver is denoted as ; the channel gain between this transmitter and the secondary receiver is denoted as . In [1], authors assume additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channels, where and are deterministic. In [2], authors assume flat fading channels, where the instantaneous values of and are known at the transmitter. This letter presents a communication-theoretic study of a similar system model but assuming the transmitter is only aware of slow fading conditions. We assume discrete-time block fading channels with stationary and ergodic time-varying power gains and ; and are (unitmean) fast small-scale fading coefficients, and and are slow large-scale fading coefficients. Due to (bandwidth, delay) limitations of the feedback channel, we assume only and its correlation with are reliably known at the transmitter. The correlation between and can be fed back by a band manager [3], which coordinates the two parties. The transmitter then uses this information to apply a slow adaptive quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technique [4, 5]. We derive the optimal rate and power adaptation policies that maximize the average spectral efficiency (SE) for secondary users. Under optimal adaptation, we present closed-form expressions for achievable SE in correlated lognormal shadowing environments. The results underscore the importance of knowing/estimating shadow fading correlations in the proposed adaptive scheme.

#### 2. Optimal Power and Rate Adaptation

Assuming unit power AWGN at the primary and secondary receivers, the instantaneous BER for -QAM can be approximated as [6, 7] where is the transmit power, is the QAM constellation size. and are two parameters optimized via curve fitting. Assuming Nakagami- fading, the short-term average BER over fast fading can be calculated as where and are two transmission parameters adaptive to . We consider here continuous rate adaptation, where the set of signal constellations is unrestricted [7, 8], that is, our results will provide an upper bound if only a discrete finite set of constellations is available. It is worth noting that in [5], exact average BER expression has been derived for discrete rate QAM with diversity reception over flat fading and shadowing channels. We do not apply this accurate expression in our analysis here due to the intractability of noninvertible integrals. Instead, we employ the approximation above as it provides analytical means to derive power and rate adaptation schemes for the system under study.

Given the short-term average BER constraint , the optimal rate adaptation policy must satisfywhereFurthermore, the optimal power adaptation policy for maximal long-term average SE is the solution towhere is the maximal average interference power tolerable at the primary receiver.

For this problem, we can show the following.

*Case 1 (when is not a constant). *The optimal
power allocation policy is
where and is the solution of .
Note that is the cutoff ratio of and is the product of a water-filling solution
over and .
Since is a function of , is not a pure water-filling solution in
general. However, when and are independent such that ,
(6) reduces to the classic water-filling solution.

Using the optimal power and rate adaptation scheme,
the long-term average SE can be expressed as

*Case 2 (when is equal to a constant). *In this case, the optimal power allocation policy is
channel inversion:and the average SE
becomes

#### 3. Lognormal Shadowing

In contrast to the small-scale fading effects, which are typically independent from one terminal to another, shadowing effects tend to be correlated over much larger distances. For example, [9] presents shadowing cross correlation between several base stations and a mobile terminal in a 1900βMHz GSM system; the resulting correlations range from to .

For correlated lognormal shadowing, we can write and , where and are jointly Gaussian distributed with means and , variances and , and a correlation coefficient . Using this model, we can write Based on (11), we observe that the optimal power and rate adaptation scheme depends on the relationship between and , which dictates if is a linear function of . We consider all three possible functional relationships between and Substituting (11) into the analytical expressions presented in Section 2 and resorting to commonly used manipulations, we have the following.

*Case 1 (when ). *The probability of service (i.e., the complement of
the outage probability) iswhere is the Gaussian right-tail probability
function, andThe achievable average SE
iswhere is solved from

*Case 2 (when ). *In this
case,Thus, the optimal adaptation
policy is channel inversion, and the achievable SE can be obtained by
substituting (16) into (10).

*Case 3 (when ). *The probability
of service isThe achievable average SE
iswhere is solved from

#### 4. Numerical Results

In our numerical results, we assume , the instantaneous BER approximation parameters and [7], the tolerable interference-to-noise ratio (INR) at the primary receiver is βdB, the fast fading is Rayleigh distributed, and the slow large-scale fading conditions are lognormal. In Figure 2, we plot the average SE versus the path loss difference , assuming that βdB. Note that and . and are assumed correlated with (a) , and ; and (b) , , and . For negative correlations, the average SE increases as decreases. This is because (1) higher implies lower , providing better opportunity for secondary transmissions; and (2) smaller (or larger ) implies heavier correlation, implying gives more complete information on and enables better adaptation over the time-varying channel. As reference, we also plot the average SE achieved using the variable-rate constant-power adaptation scheme. We observe that by adapting the transmit power, we can achieve much higher average SE when the correlation is heavy. When no correlation exists, the increase in SE, achieved via classic water-filling solution, is not significant compared with the constant-power scheme. For positive correlations, we do not see a clear trend between the average SE and due to two contrary effects. On the one hand, and are varying statistically along the same direction; thus, a large limits good transmission opportunities for the secondary system. On the other hand, heavier correlation provides more complete channel information, aiding in channel adaptation. We can observe that when the path-loss difference is small, the average SE increases as decreases, which means that the first effect is dominant. However, the second effect becomes dominant as the path-loss difference increases, for example, when is greater than βdB, the average SE for (achieved by the channel inversion) becomes the highest amongst all curves.

#### 5. Conclusions

We investigate slow adaptive QAM technique under the third-party received power constraints. Optimal rate and power adaptations are derived to maximize average SE for secondary users. We present closed-form expressions of achievable SE for correlated lognormal shadowing environments. Results underscore the importance of exploiting shadowing correlation in proposed adaptive schemes.

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