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Optical Wireless Communications

An Emerging Technology

  • Explores the field of optical wireless communication, covering topics from channel modelling to algorithm, protocol and hardware development

  • Examines systems operating at visible, UV and IR frequencies

  • Distils contributions of leading European experts into a complete reference for workers researching and creating future communication networks

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Part of the book series: Signals and Communication Technology (SCT)

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. An Overview of Optical Wireless Communications

    • Z. Ghassemlooy, M. Uysal, M. A. Khalighi, V. Ribeiro, F. Moll, S. Zvanovec et al.
    Pages 1-23
  3. Optical Propagation in Unguided Media

    • Yahya Kemal Baykal
    Pages 25-45
  4. Effects of Adverse Weather on Free Space Optics

    • Roberto Nebuloni, Carlo Capsoni
    Pages 47-68
  5. Experimental Validation of FSO Channel Models

    • Ondrej Fiser, Vladimir Brazda
    Pages 69-86
  6. Channel Modeling for Visible Light Communications

    • Farshad Miramirkhani, Murat Uysal, Erdal Panayirci
    Pages 107-122
  7. Diffraction Effects and Optical Beam Shaping in FSO Terminals

    • Juraj Poliak, Peter Barcik, Otakar Wilfert
    Pages 123-143
  8. Ultraviolet Scattering Communication Channels

    • Saverio Mori, Frank S. Marzano
    Pages 145-170
  9. Information Theoretical Limits of Free-Space Optical Links

    • Imran Shafique Ansari, Hessa AlQuwaiee, Emna Zedini, Mohamed-Slim Alouini
    Pages 171-208
  10. Performance Analysis of FSO Communications Under Correlated Fading Conditions

    • Guowei Yang, Mohammad-Ali Khalighi, Zabih Ghassemlooy, Salah Bourennane
    Pages 209-229
  11. MIMO Free-Space Optical Communication

    • Majid Safari
    Pages 231-253
  12. OFDM-Based Visible Light Communications

    • Dobroslav Tsonev, Mohamed Sufyan Islim, Harald Haas
    Pages 255-298
  13. Block Transmission with Frequency Domain Equalization for VLC

    • Mike Wolf, Sher Ali Cheema, Martin Haardt
    Pages 299-323
  14. Satellite Downlink Coherent Laser Communications

    • Aniceto Belmonte, Joseph M. Kahn
    Pages 325-343
  15. Cooperative Visible Light Communications

    • Omer Narmanlioglu, Refik Caglar Kizilirmak, Farshad Miramirkhani, Murat Uysal
    Pages 345-362
  16. Mixed RF/FSO Relaying Systems

    • Milica I. Petkovic, Aleksandra M. Cvetkovic, Goran T. Djordjevic
    Pages 387-407
  17. Dimming and Modulation for VLC-Enabled Lighting

    • Ali Mirvakili, Hany Elgala, Thomas D. C. Little, Valencia J. Koomson
    Pages 409-430
  18. Diversity for Mitigating Channel Effects

    • Zabih Ghassemlooy, Wasiu Popoola, Stanislav Zvanovec
    Pages 431-450

About this book

This book focuses on optical wireless communications (OWC), an emerging technology with huge potential for the provision of pervasive and reliable next-generation communications networks. It shows how the development of novel and efficient wireless technologies can contribute to a range of transmission links essential for the heterogeneous networks of the future to support various communications services and traffic patterns with ever-increasing demands for higher data-transfer rates.

The book starts with a chapter reviewing the OWC field, which explains different sub-technologies (visible-light, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) communications) and introduces the spectrum of application areas (indoor, vehicular, terrestrial, underwater, intersatellite, deep space, etc.). This provides readers with the necessary background information to understand the specialist material in the main body of the book, which is in four parts.

The first of these deals with propagation modelling and channel characterization of OWC channels at different spectral bands and with different applications. The second starts by providing a unified information-theoretic treatment of OWC and then discusses advanced physical-layer methodologies (including, but not limited to: advanced coding, modulation diversity, cooperation and multi-carrier techniques) and the ultimate limitations imposed by practical constraints. On top of the physical layer come the upper-layer protocols and cross-layer designs that are the subject of the third part of the book. The last part of the book features a chapter-by-chapter assessment of selected OWC applications.

Optical Wireless Communications is a valuable reference guide for academic researchers and practitioners concerned with the future development of the world’s communication networks. It succinctly but comprehensively presents the latest advances in the field.


  • Optical Wireless Communication
  • Free-space Optical Communication
  • COST Action IC1101
  • Visible-light Communication
  • Ultraviolet Communication
  • Infrared Communication
  • Wireless Communications
  • Communication Systems

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Özyeğin University, İstanbul, Turkey

    Murat Uysal

  • Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

    Carlo Capsoni

  • Faculty of Engineering and Environment, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

    Zabih Ghassemlooy

  • Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Peloponnese, Tripolis, Greece

    Anthony Boucouvalas

  • Department of Broadband Infocommunication and Electromagnetic Theory, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

    Eszter Udvary

About the editors

Murat Uysal received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in electronics and communication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2001. Dr. Uysal is currently a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining Ozyegin University, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo (Canada) where he still holds an adjunct faculty position. Prof. Uysal’s research interests are in the broad areas of communication theory and signal processing with a particular emphasis on the physical layer aspects of wireless communication systems in radio and optical frequency bands. He has authored more than 220 journal and conference papers on these topics and received more than 3800 citations. Prof. Uysal currently serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC) Journal, and Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT). In the past, he served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2003-2011), IEEE Communications Letters (2004-2012), Guest Co-Editor for WCMC Special Issue on MIMO Communications (October 2004) and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Special Issues on Optical Wireless Communications (December 2009 and June 2015). Prof. Uysal is the Chair of the EU COST Action OPTICWISE which is a high-profile consolidated European scientific network for interdisciplinary research activities in the area of optical wireless communications.

Carlo Capsoni graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy, in 1970 and in the same year joined the “Centro di Studi per le Telecomunicazioni Spaziali” (CSTS), research centre of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy. In this position, he was in charge of the installation of the meteorological radar of the CNR sited at Spino d’Adda, Italy, and since then, he has been the scientific responsible for radar activity. In 1979, he was actively involved in the satellite Sirio SHF propagation experiment (11–18 GHz) and later in the Olympus (12, 20, and 30 GHz) and Italsat (20, 40, and 50 GHz) satellite experiments. His scientific activity mainly focuses on theoretical and experimental aspects of electromagnetic-wave propagation at centimetre and millimetre wavelengths in the presence of atmospheric precipitation with a particular emphasis on attenuation, wave depolarization, incoherent radiation, interference due to hydrometeor scatter, precipitation-fade countermeasures, modelling of the radio channel, and the design of advanced satellite-communication systems. He is also active in free-space optics theoretical and experimental activities. Since 1975, he has been teaching a course on aviation electronics at the Politecnico di Milano, where he became Full

Professor of Electromagnetics in 1986. Prof. Capsoni was a member of the ITU national group and was the Italian delegate in COST projects of the European Economic Community related to propagation aspects of telecommunications (COST 205, 210).He is a member of the Italian Society of Electromagnetics (SIEm) and editor of the SIEm Magazine. He is also a member of the Coritel governing body. Prof. Capsoni currently serves as the Chair of OPTICWISE Working Group on “Propagation Modelling and Channel Characterization”.

Zabih Ghassemlooy received his BSc (Hons) from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1981, and MSc and PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in 1984 and 1987, respectively. During 1986-87, he worked in UMIST and from 1987 to 1988 he was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the City University, London. In 1988, he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer, becoming a Professor in Optical Communications in 1997. During 2004-2012, he was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Computing, Engineering and from 2012-2014 Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. He currently heads the Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories within the Faculty. He has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions and currently is at University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Optics and Applications, and British Journal of Applied Science Technology. His researches interests are on optical wireless communications, visible light communications and radio over fibre/free-space optics. He has over 48 PhD students and published over 550 papers (195 in journals + 4 books) and presented over 65 keynote and invited talks. He is a co-author of a CRC book on “Optical Wireless Communications – Systems and Channel Modelling with MATLAB®(2012); a co-editor of an IET book on “Analogue Optical Fibre Communications”. From 2004-06 he was the IEEE UK/IR Communications Chapter Secretary, the Vice-Chairman (2004-2008), the Chairman (2008-2011), and Chairman of the IET Northumbria Network (Oct 2011-..) Prof. Ghassemlooy is the Vice Chair of the EU COST Action OPTICWISE and also serves as the Chair of OPTICWISE Working Group on “Physical Layer Algorithm Design and Verification”.

Anthony C. Boucouvalas is a Professor in Communications Networks and Applications at the University of Peloponnese in Tripoli, Greece. Prof. Boucouvalas has been actively involved with research in various aspects of fibre optic communications, wireless communications and multimedia and has an accumulated 35 years experience in well known academic and industrial research centres. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1978. He received his MSc and D.I.C. degrees in Communications Engineering, in 1979, from Imperial College, where he also received his PhD degree in Fibre Optics in 1982. Subsequently he joined GEC Hirst

Research Centre, and became Group Leader and Divisional Chief Scientist working on fibre optic components, measurements and sensors, until 1987, when he joined Hewlett Packard Laboratories as Project Manager. At HP he worked in the areas of optical communication systems, optical networks, and instrumentation, until 1994, when he joined Bournemouth University. In 1996, he became a Professor in Multimedia Communications and in 1999 the Director of the Microelectronics and Multimedia research Centre at Bournemouth University. In 2007, he joined the Department of Telecommunication Science at the University of Peloponnese where he served for 6 years as Head of Department. His current research interests lie in optical wireless communications, fibre optic communications, inverse fibre optic problems, network protocols, and human-computer interfaces and Internet Applications. He has published over 300 scientific papers. He is a Fellow of IET, a Fellow of IEEE, (FIEEE), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. Prof. Boucouvalas currently serves as the Chair of OPTICWISE Working Group on “Networking Protocols”.

Eszter Udvary

Received Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Budapest, Hungary, in 2009. She is currently an associate professor at BME, Department of Broadband Infocommunications and Electromagnetic Theory, where she leads the Optical and Microwave Telecommunication Lab. She currently teaches courses on optical communication devices and networks. Dr. Udvary’s research interests are in the broad areas of optical communications, include optical and microwave communication systems, radio over fibre systems, optical and microwave interactions and applications of special electro-optical devices. Her special research focuses on multifunctional semiconductor optical amplifier application techniques. She is deeply involved in visible light communication, indoor optical wireless communication and microwave photonics techniques. Dr. Udvary has authored more than 80 journal and conference papers, and one book chapter. She currently serves as the Chair of OPTICWISE Working Group on “Advanced Photonic Components”.

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