Eigenvalue-Based RF Interference Detector for Multi-Antenna Wireless Communications

Abstract

Radio frequency interference (RFI) is occurring in both satellite and terrestrial communication systems. In order to mitigate RFI efficiently, it has to be detected robustly. Toward this end, through the computation of an eigenvalue-based test statistic, an eigenvalue-based blind RFI detector is proposed for single-input multiple-output systems that may suffer from RFI. For medium to large interference-tonoise ratio (INR) regimes and under sample starved settings, Monte-Carlo simulations corroborate that the proposed blind detector manifests a comparable detection performance with a generalized likelihood ratio test (GLRT) detector fed with the knowledge of the signal of interest (SOI) channel, and a matched subspace detector fed with the knowledge of the SOI and RFI channels. Such performance signifies the applicability of the proposed RFI detector for real-time applications.