Influence of propagation conditions on the outage capacity of space-time block codes


Rohit U. Nabar, Helmut Bölcskei, and Arogyaswami J. Paulraj


European Wireless 2002, Florence, Italy, Vol. 1, pp. 629-634, Feb. 2002.

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For a narrowband flat-fading channel taking into account Ricean K-factor, spatial fading correlation, and gain imbalances, we derive analytic expressions for the outage capacity of space-time block codes. Our results are then used to study the impact of these propagation parameters on the outage capacity of space-time block codes. Furthermore, we introduce an outage capacity motivated measure of diversity gain which reveals that the diversity gain offered by space-time fading channels depends strongly on the outage rate and propagation conditions. Finally, we verify the accuracy of our analytic results through comparison with numerically obtained results


Space-time block codes, outage capacity, channel modeling, diversity gain

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