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Novel Techniques of Single-CarrierFrequency-Domain Equalization for Optical Wireless Communications

  • Kodzovi Acolatse1Email author,
  • Yeheskel Bar-Ness1 and
  • Sarah Kate Wilson2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20102011:393768

Received: 16 April 2010

Accepted: 26 September 2010

Published: 4 October 2010


We investigate the use of single carrier frequency domain equalization (SCFDE) over a diffuse optical wireless (DOW) communications. Recently orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) has been applied to DOW communications. However, due to high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR), the performance of OFDM can severely be affected by the nonlinear characteristics of light emitting diodes (LED). To avoid a PAPR problem, we present in this paper a modified form of SCFDE for DOW communications. We propose three different ways of using SCFDE with DOW communications and show that they exhibit lower PAPR and provide better bit-error rate (BER) performance in the presence of the LED nonlinearity.


Information TechnologyLight Emit DiodeOrthogonal Frequency Division MultiplexWireless CommunicationQuantum Information

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA
Department of Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA


© Kodzovi Acolatse et al. 2011

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