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The Secrecy Gain of Formally Unimodular Lattices on the Gaussian Wiretap Channel

by   Maiara F. Bollauf, et al.

We consider lattice coding for the Gaussian wiretap channel, where the challenge is to ensure reliable communication between two authorized parties while preventing an eavesdropper from learning the transmitted messages. Recently, a measure called the secrecy function of a lattice coding scheme was proposed as a design criterion to characterize the eavesdropper's probability of correct decision. In this paper, the family of formally unimodular lattices is presented and shown to possess the same secrecy function behavior as unimodular and isodual lattices. Based on Construction A, we provide a universal approach to determine the secrecy gain, i.e., the maximum value of the secrecy function, for formally unimodular lattices obtained from formally self-dual codes. Furthermore, we show that formally unimodular lattices can achieve higher secrecy gain than the best-known unimodular lattices from the literature.


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