Relay-Based Blockage and Antenna Misalignment Mitigation in THz Wireless Communications

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Abstract

The proliferation of wireless devices in recent years has caused spectrum shortage, which led the scientific community to explore the potential of using terahertz (THz) communications. However, THz systems suffer from severe path attenuation, blockage, and antenna misalignment. In this paper, we present a relay-based blockage and antenna misalignment mitigation approach. In more detail, two relay selection policies are employed, namely best and random relay selection. The system performance under both policies is evaluated and compared in terms of average throughput and the probability that throughput of a link is below a quality of service (QoS) threshold, using Monte Carlo simulations.