Partially overlapping tones for uncoordinated networks

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Sahin A., Bala E., Guvenc I., Yang R., Arslan H.

IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol.62, no.9, pp.3363-3375, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tcomm.2014.2349908
  • Journal Name: IEEE Transactions on Communications
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3363-3375
  • Keywords: Non-orthogonal schemes, partially overlapping tones, Poisson point process, uncoordinated networks, waveform
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


In an uncoordinated network, the link-level performance of a wireless receiver might degrade significantly due to the interference from other transmitters that share the same spectrum. As a solution, in this study, the concept of partially overlapping tones (POT) is introduced. In POT, interference energy observed at a victim receiver is mitigated by partially overlapping the individual subcarriers via an intentional carrier frequency offset between the links. It is argued that the self-interference arising due to the use of POT can be more easily addressed than the dominant other-user interference, potentially yielding higher spectral efficiencies with POT. Using a spatial Poisson point process based framework, a tractable bit error rate analysis is provided to demonstrate potential benefits emerging from POT in system-level scenarios.