Performance of optical receivers using photodetectors with different fields of view in an MIMO ACO-OFDM system

Cuiwei He, Qian Wang, Jean Armstrong

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In this paper, we analyze the performance of optical receivers using photodetectors (PDs) with two different fields of view (FOVs) in a multiple-input multiple-output optical wireless communication system which uses intensity modulation and direct detection. The novel aspect is that the PDs in the receiver do not all have the same FOV. It is shown that the use of PDs with different FOVs leads to an invertible channel matrix even when the PDs are closely spaced. Simulations for a typical indoor visible light communications scenario where LED lights are used as data transmitters show that the signal-to-noise ratios at the equalizer outputs are much higher than for a receiver of the same dimension where all the PDs have the same FOV. Good performance can be achieved with PDs located in a 3.5 cm by 3.5 cm area. Finally, the overall bit error rate (BER) is calculated for systems using asymmetrically clipped optical OFDM as the modulation scheme. Results are presented for both zero forcing and minimum mean square error equalizers. It is shown that the BER varies with the receiver position, with higher values in the center and the corners of the room.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4957 - 4967
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Asymmetrically clipped optical OFDM (ACO-OFDM)
  • field of view (FOV)
  • intensity modulation/direct detection (IM/DD)
  • minimum mean square error (MMSE)
  • multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)
  • optical wireless communications (OWC)
  • signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs)
  • visible light communications (VLC)
  • zero-forcing (ZF)

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