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Linear and nonlinear techniques for multibeam joint processing in satellite communications

Dimitrios Christopoulos1*, Symeon Chatzinotas1, Gan Zheng1, Joël Grotz2 and Björn Ottersten13

Author Affiliations

1 Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg, 6 rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, L-1359 Luxembourg-Kirchberg, Luxembourg

2 SES, Chateau de Betzdorf, Betzdorf 6815, Luxembourg

3 Signal Processing Laboratory, ACCESS Linnaeus Center, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:162  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-162

Published: 4 May 2012

Abstract

Existing satellite communication standards such as DVB-S2, operate under highly-efficient adaptive coding and modulation schemes thus making significant progress in improving the spectral efficiencies of digital satellite broadcast systems. However, the constantly increasing demand for broadband and interactive satellite links emanates the need to apply novel interference mitigation techniques, striving towards Terabit throughput. In this direction, the objective of the present contribution is to investigate joint multiuser processing techniques for multibeam satellite systems. In the forward link, the performance of linear precoding is investigated with optimal nonlinear precoding (i.e., dirty article coding) acting as the upper performance limit. To this end, the resulting power and precoder design problems are approached through optimization methods. Similarly, in the return link the concept of linear filtering (i.e., linear minimum mean square error) is studied with the optimal successive interference cancelation acting as the performance limit. The derived capacity curves for both scenarios are compared to conventional satellite systems where beams are processed independently and interbeam interference is mitigated through a four color frequency reuse scheme, in order to quantify the potential gain of the proposed techniques.