Cooperative Spectrum Sensing and Detection Efficiency in Cognitive Radio Network

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Spectrum sensing is required for better utilization of spectrum and preventing interference with licensed users. However, detection performance in practice is often compromised with multipath fading, shadowing and receiver uncertainty issues. To mitigate the impact of these issues, cooperative spectrum sensing has been shown to be an effective method to improve the detection performance by exploiting spatial diversity. While cooperative gain such as improved detection performance and relaxed sensitivity requirement can be obtained, cooperative sensing can incur cooperation overhead.