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Title: Construction of lattices for communications and security
Author: Yan, Yanfei
ISNI:       0000 0004 5367 4287
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2014
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In this thesis, we propose a new class of lattices based on polar codes, namely polar lattices. Polar lattices enjoy explicit construction and provable goodness for the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel, \textit{i.e.}, they are \emph{AWGN-good} lattices, in the sense that the error probability (for infinite lattice coding) vanishes for any fixed volume-to-noise ratio (VNR) greater than $2\pi e$. Our construction is based on the multilevel approach of Forney \textit{et al.}, where on each level we construct a capacity-achieving polar code. We show the component polar codes are naturally nested, thereby fulfilling the requirement of the multilevel lattice construction. We present a more precise analysis of the VNR of the resultant lattice, which is upper-bounded in terms of the flatness factor and the capacity losses of the component codes. The proposed polar lattices are efficiently decodable by using multi-stage decoding. Design examples are presented to demonstrate the superior performance of polar lattices. However, there is no infinite lattice coding in the practical applications. We need to apply the power constraint on the polar lattices which generates the polar lattice codes. We prove polar lattice codes can achieve the capacity $\frac{1}{2}\log(1+\SNR)$ of the power-constrained AWGN channel with a novel shaping scheme. The main idea is that by implementing the lattice Gaussian distribution over the AWGN-good polar lattices, the maximum error-free transmission rate of the resultant coding scheme can be arbitrarily close to the capacity $\frac{1}{2}\log(1+\SNR)$. The shaping technique is based on discrete lattice Gaussian distribution, which leads to a binary asymmetric channel at each level for the multilevel lattice codes. Then it is straightforward to employ multilevel asymmetric polar codes which is a combination of polar lossless source coding and polar channel coding. The construction of polar codes for an asymmetric channel can be converted to that for a related symmetric channel, and it turns out that this symmetric channel is equivalent to an minimum mean-square error (MMSE) scaled $\Lambda/\Lambda'$ channel in lattice coding in terms of polarization, which eventually simplifies our coding design. Finally, we investigate the application of polar lattices in physical layer security. Polar lattice codes are proved to be able to achieve the strong secrecy capacity of the Mod-$\Lambda$ AWGN wiretap channel. The Mod-$\Lambda$ assumption was due to the fact that a practical shaping scheme aiming to achieve the optimum shaping gain was missing. In this thesis, we use our shaping scheme and extend polar lattice coding to the Gaussian wiretap channel. By employing the polar coding technique for asymmetric channels, we manage to construct an AWGN-good lattice and a secrecy-good lattice with optimal shaping simultaneously. Then we prove the resultant wiretap coding scheme can achieve the strong secrecy capacity for the Gaussian wiretap channel.
Supervisor: Ling, Cong Sponsor: Department for Business Innovation and Skills ; European Commission
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral