Closed-form Symbol Error Rate Expressionsfor Non-orthogonal Multiple Access Systems


Q. He, Y. Hu, A. Schmeink,


        In this work, the reliability performance of a non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) system is addressed. We characterize the reliability performance of the users in a downlink power domain NOMA system with arbitrary ordered pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM) and quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). In particular, the exact symbol error rate (SER) expressions are derived. Furthermore, by taking the power allocation between users into account, a reliability optimization problem is formulated, which minimizes the SER of the user with a good channel quality while guaranteeing the reliability requirement for the user with a relatively poor channel. Based on the characterized SER model, a suboptimal power allocation approach for this problem is provided with a performance extremely close to the optimal solution. Through simulations, we validate the provided SER characterization and confirm the effectiveness of the proposed suboptimal power allocation policy.

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	author = {Qinwei He and Yulin Hu and Anke Schmeink},
	title = "Closed-form Symbol Error Rate Expressionsfor Non-orthogonal Multiple Access Systems",
	pages = "1-14",
	journal = "{IEEE} Transactions on Vehicular Technology",
	doi = 10.1109/TVT.2019.2917579,
	month = May,
	year = 2019,
	hsb = RWTH-2019-04726,


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