Multi-antenna spectrum sensing by exploiting spatio-temporal correlation

Sadiq Ali, David Ramírez, Magnus Jansson, Gonzalo Seco-Granados, José A. López-Salcedo

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© 2014, Ali et al.; licensee Springer. In this paper, we propose a novel mechanism for spectrum sensing that leads us to exploit the spatio-temporal correlation present in the received signal at a multi-antenna receiver. For the proposed mechanism, we formulate the spectrum sensing scheme by adopting the generalized likelihood ratio test (GLRT). However, the GLRT degenerates in the case of limited sample support. To circumvent this problem, several extensions are proposed that bring robustness to the GLRT in the case of high dimensionality and small sample size. In order to achieve these sample-efficient detection schemes, we modify the GLRT-based detector by exploiting the covariance structure and factoring the large spatio-temporal covariance matrix into spatial and temporal covariance matrices. The performance of the proposed detectors is evaluated by means of numerical simulations, showing important advantages over existing detectors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEurasip Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Cognitive radio
  • Generalized likelihood ratio test (GLRT)
  • Multi-antenna
  • Spatio-temporal correlation


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