Beamforming design and power allocation for full-duplex non-orthogonal multiple access cognitive relaying

Mohammadali Mohammadi, Batu K. Chalise, Azar Hakimi, Zahra Mobini, Himal A. Suraweera, Zhiguo Ding

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In this paper, we consider a non-orthogonal multiple access cognitive radio network, where a full-duplex (FD) multi-antenna relay assists transmission from an access point (AP) to a cognitive far user, while at the same time, the AP transmits to a cognitive near user. Our objective is to maximize the rate of the near user under a constraint that the rate of the far user is above a certain threshold. To this end, a non-convex joint optimization problem of relay beamforming and the transmit powers at the AP and FD relay is solved as a semi-definite relaxation problem, in conjunction with an efficiently solvable line-search approach. We also consider a low complexity fixed beamformer design, where the optimum power allocation between the AP and FD relay is solved. Several fixed beamforming designs based on the zero-forcing criterion are proposed for which exact and asymptotic outage probability expressions corresponding to the near and far users are derived. Our results demonstrate that the proposed joint optimization can significantly reduce the self-interference impact at the FD relay and inter-user interference in the near user case.

Original languageBritish English
Article number8418395
Pages (from-to)5952-5965
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • beamforming
  • cognitive radio
  • Full-duplex (FD)
  • non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • power allocation


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