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Energy Efficient Visible Light Communications Relying on Amorphous Cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-906
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016


In this paper, we design an energy efficient indoor visible light communications (VLC) system from a radically new perspective based on an amorphous user-to-network association structure. Explicitly, this intriguing problem is approached from three inter-linked perspectives, considering the cell formation, link-level transmission and system-level optimisation, critically appraising the related optical constraints. To elaborate, apart from proposing hitherto unexplored amorphous cells (A-Cells), we employ a powerful amalgam of asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) and transmitter pre-coding aided multi-input single-output (MISO) transmission. As far as the overall system-level optimisation is concerned, we propose a low-complexity solution dispensing with the classic Dinkelbach's algorithmic structure. Our numerical study compares a range of different cell formation strategies and investigates diverse design aspects of the proposed A-Cells. Specifically, our results show that the A-Cells proposed are capable of achieving a much higher energy efficiency per user compared to that of the conventional cell formation for a range of practical field of views (FoVs) angles.

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