Performance on Cluster Backscatter Communication Networks with Coupled Interferences

Qiu Wang, Yong Zhou*, Hong Ning Dai, Guopeng Zhang, Wei Zhang

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article presents an analytical model to analyze the communication performance of cluster backscatter communication networks (CBackCom Nets) by considering their unique interferences. In CBackCom Nets, interferences are from both backscatter transmitters (BTs) and carrier emitters (CEs), i.e., RF signal emitters. Because BTs are distributed in clusters around CEs, interferences from BTs and interferences from CEs constitute coupled interferences. In addition, since BTs conduct backscatter communications by reflecting RF signals from CEs, interfering signals from BTs, and interfering signals from CEs are power-correlated, leading to the particularity and complexity of coupled interferences of CBackCom Nets. In contrast to previous studies that analyze the performance of CBackCom Nets ignoring coupled interferences, this article develops a novel interference analysis approach to analyze their coupled interferences, and then analyze performance, including coverage probability and spatial throughput of a cluster. Our numerical results show that our analytical model can obtain more accurate results than prior analytical models. In addition, our results reveal the relationship between the communication performance and multiple factors, such as the node density, the energy harvesting model, the interferences from CEs, and the cluster size, offering insightful implications for constructing and configuring CBackCom Nets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20282-20294
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

User-Defined Keywords

  • Backscatter communications
  • coupled interferences
  • coverage
  • Poisson cluster process (PCP)
  • stochastic geometry
  • throughput


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