71-Mbit/s ultraviolet-B LED communication link based on 8-QAM-OFDM modulation
Ng, Tien Khee
Ooi, Boon S.
KAUST DepartmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Electrical Engineering Program
Communication Theory Lab
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Advanced Semiconductor Laboratory, Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia
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AbstractA demonstration of ultraviolet-B (UVB) communication link is implemented utilizing quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM). The demonstration is based on a 294-nm UVB-light-emitting-diode (UVB-LED) with a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 9 nm and light output power of 190 μW, at 7 V, with a special silica gel lens on top of it. A −3-dB bandwidth of 29 MHz was measured and a high-speed near-solar-blind communication link with a data rate of 71 Mbit/s was achieved using 8-QAM-OFDM at perfect alignment. 23.6 Mbit/s using 2-QAM-OFDM when the angle subtended by the pointing directions of the UVB-LED and photodetector (PD) is 12 degrees, thus establishing a diffuse-line-of-sight (LOS) link. The measured bit-error rate (BER) of 2.8 × 10−4 and 2.4 × 10−4, respectively, are well below the forward error correction (FEC) criterion of 3.8 × 10−3. The demonstrated high data-rate OFDM-based UVB communication link paves the way for realizing high-speed non-line-of-sight free-space optical communications.
CitationSun X, Zhang Z, Chaaban A, Ng TK, Shen C, et al. (2017) 71-Mbit/s ultraviolet-B LED communication link based on 8-QAM-OFDM modulation. Optics Express 25: 23267. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/oe.25.023267.
SponsorsKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) baseline funding (BAS/1/1614-01-01, BAS/1/1664-01-01); Equipment Fund BAS/1/1664-01-07.
PublisherThe Optical Society