Almost universal codes achieving ergodic MIMO capacity within a constant gap

Abstract : This work addresses the question of achieving capacity with lattice codes in multi-antenna block fading channels when the number of fading blocks tends to infinity. A design criterion based on the normalized minimum determinant is proposed for division algebra multi-block space-time codes over fading channels; this plays a similar role to the Hermite invariant for Gaussian channels. Under maximum likelihood decoding, it is shown that this criterion is sufficient to guarantee transmission rates within a constant gap from capacity both for deterministic channels and ergodic fading channels. Moreover, if the number of receive antennas is greater or equal than the number of transmit antennas, the same constant gap is achieved under naive lattice decoding as well. In the case of independent identically distributed Rayleigh fading, the error probability vanishes exponentially fast. In contrast to the standard approach in the literature which employs random lattice ensembles, the existence results in this paper are derived from number theory. First the gap to capacity is shown to depend on the discriminant of the chosen division algebra; then class field theory is applied to build families of algebras with small discriminants. The key element in the construction is the choice of a sequence of division algebras whose centers are number fields with small root discriminants.
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Laura Luzzi, Roope Vehkalahti. Almost universal codes achieving ergodic MIMO capacity within a constant gap. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017, pp.3224-3241. ⟨10.1109/TIT.2017.2683494⟩. ⟨hal-01586936⟩

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