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Line strip spot-diffusing transmitter configuration for optical wireless systems influenced by background noise and multipath dispersion

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2 Author(s)
Al-Ghamdi, A.G. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Wales Swansea, UK ; Elmirghani, J.M.H.

In this letter, we propose and evaluate a novel optical wireless configuration that employs a multibeam transmitter in conjunction with a narrow field-of-view direction diversity receiver. Such a configuration overcomes the drawbacks and combines the advantages of both types of optical wireless links, including line-of-sight and diffuse transmission. A multibeam transmitter placed on the communication floor was adopted to produce multiple diffusing spots on the middle of the ceiling in the form of a line strip. The design goal is to reduce the effect of intersymbol interference and to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) when the system operates under the constraints of background noise and multipath dispersion. Simulation results show that our line strip multibeam transmitter (LSMT) with only three branches diversity gives about 23 dB SNR improvement over the conventional system. The results also show that the multipath dispersion, which induces pulse spread, is significantly reduced when the LSMT with diversity detection is used.

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 1 )