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Covert Millimeter-Wave Communication via a Dual-Beam Transmitter

by   Mohammad Vahid Jamali, et al.
University of Michigan

In this paper, we investigate covert communication over millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies. In particular, a dual-beam mmWave transmitter, comprised of two independent antenna arrays, attempts to reliably communicate to a receiver Bob when hiding the existence of transmission from a warden Willie. In this regard, operating over mmWave bands not only increases the covertness thanks to directional beams, but also increases the transmission data rates given much more available bandwidths and enables ultra-low form factor transceivers due to the lower wavelengths used compared to the conventional radio frequency (RF) counterpart. We assume that the transmitter Alice employs one of its antenna arrays to form a directive beam for transmission to Bob. The other antenna array is used by Alice to generate another beam toward Willie as a jamming signal with its transmit power changing independently from a transmission block to another block. We characterize Willie's detection performance with the optimal detector and the closed-form of its expected value from Alice's perspective. We further derive the closed-form expression for the outage probability of the Alice-Bob link, which enables characterizing the optimal covert rate that can be achieved using the proposed setup. Our results demonstrate the superiority of mmWave covert communication, in terms of covertness and rate, compared to the RF counterpart.


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