Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Matthew C. Valenti.


Space-time block coding (STBC) is a method that combines diversity and coding without a corresponding increase in bandwidth and with minimal complexity in the receiver. The performance of STBC with perfect channel state information (CSI) being available at the receiver has been shown to provide approximately 10 dB of improvement over uncoded transmission in Rayleigh fading when using Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK) at a bit error rate of 10 -3. In this thesis, the performance of space-time block codes is analyzed when the receiver must rely on noisy, or imperfect, estimates of the channel. It is shown that for a QPSK signal constellation the system is robust to errors introduced into the amplitude of the channel estimate, but exhibits extreme performance degradation with errors in the phase of the estimate. In fact, as phase error approaches 0.5 radians the performance breaks down completely. A pilot sequence estimation scheme will be shown that provides performance within 2 dB of the case of perfect CSI at half the data rate.