Filter Hopping: Physical Layer Secrecy Based on FBMC

Luecken V., Singh T., Cepheli O., Karabulut Kurt G. Z., Ascheid G., Dartmann G.

IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Louisiana, United States Of America, 9 - 12 March 2015, pp.568-573 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Louisiana
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.568-573
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents a novel physical layer secrecy enhancement technique for multicarrier communications based on dynamic filter hopping. Using the Filter Bank Multicarrier (FBMC) waveform, an efficient eavesdropping mitigation technique is developed using time- and frequency-varying prototype filters. Without knowledge of the filter assignment pattern, an eavesdropper will experience a high level of inter-carrier (ICI) and inter-symbol interference (ISI). With this severe receive signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) degradation for an illegitimate receiver, the secrecy capacity of the communication system is increased. At the same time, the interference at the legitimate receiver is designed to be negligible in comparison to the channel noise.