Spatial degrees-of-freedom in large-array full-duplex: the impact of backscattering

Evan Everett, Ashutosh Sabharwal

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The key challenge for in-band full-duplex wireless communication is managing self-interference. Many designs have employed spatial isolation mechanisms, such as shielding or multi-antenna beamforming, to isolate the self-interference waveform from the receiver. Because such spatial isolation methods confine the transmit and receive signals to a subset of the available space, the full spatial resources of the channel may be under-utilized, expending a cost that may nullify the net benefit of operating in full-duplex mode. In this paper, we leverage an antenna-theory-based channel model to analyze the spatial degrees of freedom available to a full-duplex capable base station. We observe that whether or not spatial isolation out-performs time-division (i.e., half-duplex) depends heavily on the geometric distribution of scatterers. Unless the angular spread of the objects that scatter to the intended users is overlapped by the spread of objects that backscatter to the base station, then spatial isolation outperforms time division, otherwise time division may be optimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number286
JournalEurasip Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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