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Channel Estimation in OFDM Systems


Anand Kumar, Ranjan Kumar
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Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) provides an effective and low complexity means of eliminating intersymbol interference for transmission over frequency selective fading channels. This technique has received a lot of interest in mobile communication research as the radio channel is usually frequency selective and time variant. In OFDM system, modulation may be coherent or differential. Channel state information (CSI) is required for the OFDM receiver to perform coherent detection or diversity combining, if multiple transmit and receive antennas are deployed. In practice, CSI can be reliably estimated at the receiver by transmitting pilots along with data symbols. Pilot symbol assisted channel estimation is especially attractive for wireless links, where the channel is time-varying. When using differential modulation there is no need for a channel estimate but its performance is inferior to coherent system. In this thesis we investigate and compare various efficient pilot based channel estimati on schemes for OFDM systems. The channel estimation can be performed by either inserting pilot tones into all subcarriers of OFDM symbols with a specific period or inserting pilot tones into each OFDM symbol. In this present study, two major types of pilot arrangement such as block- type and comb-type pilot have been focused employing Least Square Error (LSE) and Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE) channel estimators. Block type pilot sub-carriers is especially suitable for slow-fading radio channels whereas comb type pilots provide better resistance to fast fading channels. Also comb type pilot arrangement is sensitive to frequency selectivity when comparing to block type arrangement. The channel estimation algorithm based on comb type pilots is divided into pilot signal estimation and channel interpolation. The pilot signal estimation is based on LSE and MMSE criteria, together with channel interpolation using linear interpolation and spline cubic interpolation. The symbol error rate (SER) performances of OFDM system for both block type and comb type pilot subcarriers are presented in the work.

Anand Kumar, Ranjan Kumar

Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, Channel state information, Least Square Error , Minimum Mean Square Error , Advanced Mobile Phone Services

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 3 | May-June - 2016
Date of Publication Print ISSN Online ISSN
2016-06-30 2395-1990 2394-4099
Page(s) Manuscript Number   Publisher
619-629 IJSRSET1623170   Technoscience Academy

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Anand Kumar, Ranjan Kumar, "Channel Estimation in OFDM Systems", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.619-629, May-June-2016.
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