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Non-linearity effects and predistortion in optical OFDM wireless transmission using LEDs
by H. Elgala, R. Mesleh, H. Haas
International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems (IJUWBCS), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2009


Abstract: Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is a promising technique to realise high-speed indoor optical wireless (OW) links through the exploitation of the high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) for intensity modulation (IM). However, the non-linear characteristic of a light emitting diode (LED) imposes limitations on the performance. In this paper, the impact of the non-linear characteristic on bit-error performance is analysed using a commercially available LED (OSRAM, SFH 4230). Also, the paper proposes a predistorter to overcome the non-linearities. The performance without compensation and after compensation is analysed via simulations in an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) environment. In this context, the bit-error performance is determined for different bias points and power back-off values applied to the OFDM signal modulating the LED intensity. It is shown that LED non-linearity can significantly degrade the performance. It is also demonstrated that this degradation can greatly be mitigated by using the proposed predistortion technique.

Online publication date: Tue, 20-Oct-2009


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