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Differential Amplitude Pulse-Position Modulation for Indoor Wireless Optical Communications


We propose a novel differential amplitude pulse-position modulation (DAPPM) for indoor optical wireless communications. DAPPM yields advantages over PPM, DPPM, and DH-PIM in terms of bandwidth requirements, capacity, and peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). The performance of a DAPPM system with an unequalized receiver is examined over nondispersive and dispersive channels. DAPPM can provide better bandwidth and/or power efficiency than PAM, PPM, DPPM, and DH-PIM depending on the number of amplitude levels and the maximum length of a symbol. We also show that, given the same maximum length, DAPPM has better bandwidth efficiency but requires about and more power than PPM and DPPM, respectively, at high bit rates over a dispersive channel. Conversely, DAPPM requires less power than DH-PIM. When the number of bits per symbol is the same, PAM requires more power, and DH-PIM less power, than DAPPM. Finally, it is shown that the performance of DAPPM can be improved with MLSD, chip-rate DFE, and multichip-rate DFE.

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Correspondence to Ubolthip Sethakaset.

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Sethakaset, U., Gulliver, T.A. Differential Amplitude Pulse-Position Modulation for Indoor Wireless Optical Communications. J Wireless Com Network 2005, 542578 (2005).

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  • differential amplitude pulse-position modulation
  • optical wireless communications
  • intensity modulation and direct detection
  • decision-feedback equalization