Terahertz-Band Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access: System- and Link-Level Considerations

Ahmed Magbool, Hadi Sarieddeen, Nour Hicham Kouzayha, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) communications promise high spectral efficiency and massive connectivity, serving multiple users over the same time-frequency-code resources. Higher data rates and massive connectivity are also achieved by leveraging wider bandwidths at higher frequencies, especially in the terahertz (THz) band. This work investigates the prospects and challenges of combining these algorithmic and spectrum enablers in THz-band NOMA communications. We consider power-domain NOMA coupled with successive interference cancellation at the receiver, focusing on multipleinput multiple-output (MIMO) systems as antenna arrays are crucial for THz communications. On the system level, we study the scalability of THz-NOMA beamforming, clustering, and spectrum/power allocation algorithms. We also motivate stochastic geometry techniques for performance analysis and system modeling and discuss the interplay role between the reconfigurable intelligent surfaces and NOMA. On the link level, we highlight the challenges in channel estimation and data detection and the constraints on computational complexity. We further illustrate future research directions. When properly configured and given sufficient densification, THz-band NOMA communications can significantly improve the performance and capacity of future wireless networks.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
StatePublished - May 9 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Terahertz-Band Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access: System- and Link-Level Considerations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this