Error rates of M-PAM and M-QAM in generalized fading and generalized gaussian noise environments

Hamza Soury, Ferkan Yilmaz, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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This letter investigates the average symbol error probability (ASEP) of pulse amplitude modulation and quadrature amplitude modulation coherent signaling over flat fading channels subject to additive white generalized Gaussian noise. The new ASEP results are derived in a generic closed-form in terms of the Fox H function and the bivariate Fox H function for the extended generalized-K fading case. The utility of this new general closed-form is that it includes some special fading distributions, like the Generalized-K, Nakagami-m, and Rayleigh fading and special noise distributions such as Gaussian and Laplacian. Some of these special cases are also treated and are shown to yield simplified results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6589292
Pages (from-to)1932-1935
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-09-14


  • Laplacian noise
  • Symbol error probability
  • additive generalized Gaussian noise
  • and Nakagami-m fading
  • generalized-K fading
  • pulse amplitude modulation
  • quadrature amplitude modulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation


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