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Title: Radio on visible light (RoVL) : an investigative study on the methods & techniques for the transmission of mobile signals through visible light channels
Author: Vijay, Arnesh
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 9510
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2014
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Ever since the first mobile telephone call was made by a Motorola researcher in 1973, mobile technology has been growing rapidly to facilitate diverse ubiquitous services. Although cell based radio technology has proved beneficial for reliable long distance transmission, it is faced with challenges when deployed in an indoor environment. With the introduction of white LED - based communication entities at the start of the 21st century, radio and other technologies have become more interdependent, with the possibility for further expansion. Bearing in mind the sophistication offered, with the rapid developments witnessed in mobile telecommunications, this thesis presents an innovative alternative for cell phone connectivity in RF restricted or poor signal connectivity region. To address the research objective of offering uninterrupted signal connectivity in an indoor environment, the term Radio on Visible Light (RoVL) was introduced in this research. Furthermore, five major attributes influencing mobile signal transmission through visible light channels were identified and addressed. The bandwidth constraint offered by a white LED was tackled with an intelligent technique of frequency translation and mapping. In addition, an electronic predistorter was designed and implemented to address the nonlinearity in an LED. For efficient data manipulation, subcarrier continuous phase technique of modulation was introduced and hardware implemented for visible light communication, with a discussion on the LED number and arrangement for efficient illumination and data transmission. Despite the presence of significant research contributions in visible light technology, the study here is specifically focussed on integrating the GSM network with that of the optical wireless systems. The existing visible light entities provide service users with a one way broadband data transmission hub, unlike the dual channel support rendered by the RoVL device as presented in this research. The techniques proposed, backed up with interesting research observations and experimental results, clearly demonstrate the capability of supporting mobile communication through optical wireless channels. The methods proposed and techniques discussed shall lay foundation in supplementing the radio based mobile technology with optical wireless entities, opening new avenues for further research & development in this direction.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: School of Engineering ; University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering