Optical single carrier-interleaved frequency division multiplexing for visible light communication systems

O. Saied, Z. Ghassemlooy, S. Rajbhandari, Andrew Burton

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In this paper, a novel optical single carrier-interleaved frequency division multiplexing (OSC-IFDM) signaling scheme for an intensity modulation and direct detection (IM/DD) based visible light communications (VLC) system is presented. We show that, OSC-IFDM significantly improves the peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) of the DC-biased optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (DCO-OFDM). The reduction in the PAPR value is achieved by exploiting the symmetrical characteristics of the single carrier-interleaved frequency division multiple access (SC-IFDMA) time domain symbol, whereby the imaginary and real parts of the SC-IFDMA samples are separated and transmitted through two sub-symbols. Simulation results show that, the PAPR of OSC-IFDM is 10 dB lower than that of the DCO-OFDM scheme. We also show that the proposed scheme offers higher spectral efficiency compared to our previous work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number162910
Number of pages10
Early online date3 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Optik. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Optik, [194,] (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.ijleo.2019.06.010

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  • PAPR
  • Visible light communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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