WIRELESS PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS, vol.73, no.3, pp.1117-1127, 2013 (SCI-Expanded)
In this paper, the performance of amplify-and-forward (AF) cooperative diversity is analyzed over asymmetric fading channels. The source-relay and the relay-destination links experience Rayleigh fading while the source-destination link is subject to generalized Gamma fading. First, the probability density function (PDF) and the moment generating function (MGF) of the source-relay-destination link and the MGF of the source-destination link are derived. Then, the symbol error rate (SER) is determined based on the MGF of the total end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Moreover, the SER performance of N-relay assisted AF cooperative diversity is illustrated for M-ary phase shift keying (M-PSK) and M-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (M-QAM). Based on the derived MGF expressions, the numerical results are obtained by varying the modulation types and channel parameters for different scenarios.