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Blind pilot decontamination

Müller, Ralf; Cottatellucci, Laura; Vehkaperä, Mikko

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, March 2014 / Also on ArXiv

A nonlinear channel estimation method based on a subspace projection is proposed. It is suitable for strongly asymmetric antenna array systems. It is shown that the so-called pilot contamination problem is an artefact of linear channel estimation. It can be overcome in cellular systems with power- controlled handoff if the channel estimation method proposed in this paper is used. An intuitive explanation for this finding is established by means of an isomorphism between a massive MIMO system and a spread-spectrum system with unknown signature sequences. The proposed method of channel estimation is based on a spectral decomposition of the matrix of received signal vectors collected over one coherence interval. It is analyzed by means of random matrix and free probability theory. 

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Title:Blind pilot decontamination
Keywords:Multiple antennas, multiple-input multipleoutput (MIMO) systems, massive MIMO, spread-spectrum, channel estimation, principal component analysis, random matrices, free probability
Department:Communication systems
Eurecom ref:4142
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Bibtex: @article{EURECOM+4142, doi = {}, year = {2014}, month = {03}, title = {{B}lind pilot decontamination}, author = {{M}{\"u}ller, {R}alf and {C}ottatellucci, {L}aura and {V}ehkaper{\"a}, {M}ikko}, journal = {{IEEE} {J}ournal of {S}elected {T}opics in {S}ignal {P}rocessing, {M}arch 2014 / {A}lso on {A}r{X}iv}, url = {} }
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