Secret Capacity of Massive MIMO Systems with a Passive Eavesdropper

Vũ Lê Quỳnh Giang, Trương Trung Kiên


Physical layer security may be combined with other approaches to make wireless transmissions more secured. Much prior work showed that, thanks to the excessive number of antennas at the base station, massive MIMO (MultipleInput Multiple-Output) systems themselves are inherently robust against passive eavesdropping attacks under the Rayleigh fading channel. After providing closed-form expressions to secret capacity of massive MIMO under the Rician fading channel with line-of-sight transmission, this manuscript, however, showed that passive eavesdroppers may affect negatively the secret capacity. Simulation and numerical results are provided to validate the analytical results and to gain interesting insights into the system design.

DOI: 10.32913/rd-ict.vol3.no40.845


Secret capacity, massive MIMO, eavesdropper, physical layer security.


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