A 3-Gb/s single-LED OFDM-based wireless VLC link using a gallium nitride μLED

Dobroslav Tsonev, Hyunchae Chun, Sujan Rajbhandari, Jonathan J. D. McKendry, Stefan Videv, Erdan Gu, Mohsin Haji, Scott Watson, Anthony E. Kelly, Grahame Faulkner, Martin D. Dawson, Harald Haas, Dominic O'Brien

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This letter presents a visible light communication (VLC) system based on a single 50- μm gallium nitride light emitting diode (LED). A device of this size exhibits a 3-dB modulation bandwidth of at least 60 MHz - significantly higher than commercially available white lighting LEDs. Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing is employed as a modulation scheme. This enables the limited modulation bandwidth of the device to be fully used. Pre- and postequalization techniques, as well as adaptive data loading, are successfully applied to achieve a demonstration of wireless communication at speeds exceeding 3 Gb/s. To date, this is the fastest wireless VLC system using a single LED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number7
Early online date6 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


  • OFDM
  • optical modulation
  • optical wireless communication
  • Visible light communication


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