Frequency-domain oversampling for zero-padded OFDM in underwater acoustic communications

Zhaohui Wang, Shengli Zhou, Georgios B. Giannakis, Christian R. Berger, Jie Huang

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Although time-domain oversampling of the received baseband signal is common for single-carrier transmissions, the counterpart of frequency-domain oversampling is rarely used for multicarrier transmissions. In this paper, we explore frequency-domain oversampling to improve the system performance of zero-padded OFDM transmissions over underwater acoustic channels with large Doppler spread. We use a signal design that enables separate sparse channel estimation and data detection, rendering a low complexity receiver. Based on both simulation and experimental results, we observe that the receiver with frequency-domain oversampling outperforms the conventional one considerably in channels with moderate and large Doppler spreads, and the gain increases as the Doppler spread increases. Although a raised-cosine pulse-shaping window can be used to improve the system performance relative to a rectangular window at the expense of data rate reduction, the performance gain is much less than that brought by frequency-domain oversampling in the considered OFDM system for Doppler spread channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL


  • Doppler spread
  • Frequency-domain oversampling
  • Inter-carrier interference
  • OFDM
  • Zero-padding


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