Error performance analysis of space-time codes over Rayleigh fading channels

Murat Uysal, Costas N. Georghiades

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Space-time coding is a bandwidth and power efficient method of communication over fading channels that realizes the benefits of multiple transmit and receive antennas. This novel technique has attracted much attention recently. However, currently the only analytical guide to the performance of space-time codes is an upper bound [1] which could be quite loose in many cases. In this paper, an exact pairwise error probability is derived for space-time codes operating over Rayleigh fading channels. Based on this expression, an analytical estimate for bit error probability is computed, taking into account dominant error events. Simulation results indicate that the estimates are of high accuracy in a broad range of signal-to-noise ratios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Communications and Networks
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2000


  • Bit-error-rate performance
  • Fading channels
  • Pairwise error probability
  • Space-time codes
  • Transmitter diversity
  • Wireless communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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