Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
The distributed nature of cooperative networks may result in multiple Carrier Frequency Offsets (CFOs), which make the channels time varying and overshadow the diversity gains promised by collaborative communications. This paper seeks to address multiple CFO estimation using training sequences in Space-Division Multiple Access (SDMA) cooperative networks. The system model and CFO estimation problem for cases of both Decode-and-Forward (DF) and Amplify-and-Forward (AF) relaying are formulated and new closed-form expressions for the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound (CRLB) for both protocols are derived. The CRLBs are then applied in a novel way to formulate training sequence design guidelines and determine the effect of network protocol and topology on CFO estimation.