Dual-polarized wireless communications: From propagation models to system performance evaluation

Claude Oestges, Bruno Clerckx, Maxime Guillaud, Mérouane Debbah

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In this paper, we address the potential benefits of dual-polarized arrays in multi-antenna wireless systems. After an extensive literature overview of experimental data, we present a new and simple analytical framework to model dual-polarized Rayleigh and Ricean fading channels for arbitrary array sizes. The model relies on a limited number of physical parameters, such as the channel spatial correlations, the channel co-polar and the cross-polar ratios and the antenna cross-polar discrimination. Then, we investigate the multiplexing advantage of dual-polarized transmissions through the evaluation of the ergodic mutual information, for both TITO and MIMO systems. Finally, the performance of two space-time coding schemes (Alamouti O-STBC and uncoded Spatial Multiplexing) is evaluated via a detailed analysis of the pairwise error probability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4657346
Pages (from-to)4019-4031
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct


  • MIMO
  • Mutual information
  • Polarization
  • Propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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