Enhancing Secrecy With Multi-Antenna Transmission in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks Conference Paper uri icon


  • We study physical-layer security in wireless ad hoc networks and investigate two types of multi-antenna transmission schemes for providing secrecy enhancements. To establish secure transmission against malicious eavesdroppers, we consider the generation of artificial noise with either sectoring or beamforming. For both approaches, we provide a statistical characterization and tradeoff analysis of the outage performance of the legitimate communication and the eavesdropping links. We then investigate the network-wide secrecy throughput performance of both schemes in terms of the secrecy transmission capacity, and study the optimal power allocation between the information signal and the artificial noise. Our analysis indicates that, under transmit power optimization, the beamforming scheme outperforms the sectoring scheme, except for the case where the number of transmit antennas are sufficiently large. Our study also reveals some interesting differences between the optimal power allocation for the sectoring and beamforming schemes. 2013 IEEE.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, X. i., Zhou, X., & McKay, M. R.

citation count

  • 85

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Xi||Zhou, Xiangyun||McKay, Matthew R

publication date

  • August 2013