Efficiency of power loading strategies for visible light communication

S. Mardanikorani, X. Deng, J.P.M.G. Linnartz

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Optical Wireless Communication via LEDs faces the problem that LEDs are band-limited but show a gentle roll off above the 3 dB bandwidth. This requires an appropriate power loading of the different frequency components of the signal spectrum. OFDM is an attractive modulation method to appropriately or even optimally distribute the available power among its sub-carriers. It is now commonly accepted and experimentally verified that the LED transfer function declines exponentially with frequency. This motivated us to derive the theoretical capacity of this channel and evaluate to what extent waterfilling and uniform power loading strategies perform w.r.t. this capacity bound. For waterfilling, we managed to derive a novel closed-formula for the relation between the power budget and the achievable data rate and for the optimum bandwidth to be used. Yet, in practice these adaptive loading schemes need to achieve good performance with only discrete choices for QAM constellations. To approach the effect of waterfilling, Hughes-Hartogs proposed an iterative scheme. We generalized this to also find optimal signal bandwidth, power and constellation per sub-carrier for uniform power loading. We found that, for LEDs, waterfilling does not yield any significantly larger rate than the simpler uniform loading.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018 - Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4920-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4921-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2019
Event2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2018) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Dec 201813 Dec 2018


Conference2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2018)
Abbreviated titleGLOBECOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


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