Repeat-punctured turbo coded cooperation.
Moualeu, Jules Merlin Mouatcho.
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Transmit diversity usually employs multiple antennas at the transmitter. However, many wireless devices such as mobile cellphones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), just to name a few, are limited by size, hardware complexity, power and other constraints to just one antenna. A new paradigm called cooperative communication which allows single antenna mobiles in a multi-user scenario to share their antennas has been proposed lately. This multi-user configuration generates a virtual Multiple-Input Multiple-Output system, leading to transmit diversity. The basic approach to cooperation is for two single-antenna users to use each other's antenna as a relay in which each of the users achieves diversity. Previous cooperative signaling methods encompass diverse forms of repetition of the data transmitted by the partner to the destination. A new scheme called coded cooperation  which integrates user cooperation with channel coding has also been proposed. This method maintains the same code rate, bandwidth and transmit power as a similar non-cooperative system, but performs much better than previous signaling methods ,  under various inter-user channel qualities. This dissertation first discusses the coded cooperation framework that has been proposed lately , coded cooperation with Repeat Convolutional Punctured Codes (RCPC) codes and then investigates the application of turbo codes in coded cooperation. In this dissertation we propose two new cooperative diversity schemes which are the Repeat-Punctured Turbo Coded cooperation and coded cooperation using a Modified Repeat-Punctured Turbo Codes. Prior to that, Repeat-Punctured Turbo codes are introduced. We characterize the performance of the two new schemes by developing the analytical bounds for bit error rate, which is confirmed by computer simulations. Finally, the turbo coded cooperation using the Forced Symbol Method (FSM) is presented and validated through computer simulations under various inter-user Signal-to-Noise Ratios (SNRs).