Capacity of molecular channels with imperfect particle-intensity modulation and detection

Nariman Farsad, Christopher Rose, Muriel Médard, Andrea Goldsmith

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Abstract

This work introduces the particle-intensity channel (PIC) as a model for molecular communication systems and characterizes the properties of the optimal input distribution and the capacity limits for this system. In the PIC, the transmitter encodes information, in symbols of a given duration, based on the number of particles released, and the receiver detects and decodes the message based on the number of particles detected during the symbol interval. In this channel, the transmitter may be unable to control precisely the number of particles released, and the receiver may not detect all the particles that arrive. We demonstrate that the optimal input distribution for this channel always has mass points at zero and the maximum number of particles that can be released. We then consider diffusive particle transport, derive the capacity expression when the input distribution is binary, and show conditions under which the binary input is capacity-achieving. In particular, we demonstrate that when the transmitter cannot generate particles at a high rate, the optimal input distribution is binary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2468-2472
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509040964
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period6/25/176/30/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics

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