Secure Dual-functional Radar-Communication Transmission: Hardware-Efficient Design

Nanchi Su, Fan Liu, Christos Masouros, Tharmalingam Ratnarajah, Athina Petropulu

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This paper investigates the constructive interference (CI) based constant evelope (CE) waveform design problem aiming at enhancing the physical layer (PHY) security in dual-functional radar-communication (DFRC) systems. DFRC systems detect the radar target and communicate with downlink cellular users in wireless networks simultaneously, where the radar target is regarded as a potential eavesdropper which might surveil the data from the base station (BS) to communication users (CUs). The CE waveform and receive beamforming are jointly designed to maximize the signal to interference and noise ratio (SINR) of the radar under the security and system power constraints when the target location is imperfectly known. The optimal solution is obtained by the max-min fractional programming (FP) method. Specifically, the problem is designed to maximize the minimum SINR of the radar in the target location angular interval. Simulation results reveal the effectiveness and the hardware efficiency of the proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665458283
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2022
Event55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021 - Virtual, Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: 31 Oct 20213 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393


Conference55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Pacific Grove


  • constant envelope
  • constructive interference
  • Dual-functional radar-communication
  • physical layer security


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