Brent R. Petersen and David D. Falconer, "Suppression of adjacent-channel, cochannel, and intersymbol interference by equalizers and linear combiners", IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 3109-3118, Dec. 1994.


We describe the ability of a linear equalizer/combiner or decision-feeback equalizer to suppress all received adjacent-channel, intersymbol, and cochannel interference. The emphasis is on values among transmitter bandwidth, receiver bandwidth, carrier spacing, and antenna diversity which provide the best opportunities for interference suppression. Through analyses of the number of degrees of freedom and constraints in generalized zero-forcing equalizers, and partial comparisons to calculations of equalizer minimum-mean-square performance, four results are obtained. First, with one antenna and a linear equalizer, arbitrarily large receiver bandwidths allow for marginal improvements in spectral efficiency through decreased carrier spacing, because the carrier spacing cannot be reduced to a value below the symbol rate without incurring unsuppressible interference. Second, large receiver bandwidths assist multiple antennas in improving the spectral efficiency in that carrier spacing values may go below the symbol rate, even in the presence of cochannel interference. Third, the use of equalizers and linear combiners, together with large receiver bandwidths, allows large transmitter bandwidths to be used. Fourth, for cochannel interference and intersymbol interference, the number of interferers that may be suppressible by a generalized zero-forcing linear equalizer/combiner increases linearly with the product of the number of antennas and the truncated integer-ratio of the total bandwidth to the symbol rate.

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