On the Secure Degrees-of-Freedom of the Multiple-Access-Channel

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Executive Summary

A K-user secure Gaussian Multiple-Access-Channel (MAC) with an external eavesdropper is considered in this paper. An achievable rate region is established for the secure discrete memoryless MAC. The secrecy sum capacity of the degraded Gaussian MIMO MAC is proven using Gaussian codebooks. For the non-degraded Gaussian MIMO MAC, an algorithm inspired by interference alignment technique is proposed to achieve the largest possible total Secure-Degrees-of-Freedom (S-DoF). When all the terminals are equipped with a single antenna, Gaussian codebooks have shown to be inefficient in providing a positive S-DoF. Instead, a novel secure coding scheme is proposed to achieve a positive S-DoF in the single antenna MAC. This scheme converts the single-antenna system into a multiple-dimension system with fractional dimensions.

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