Optics, Volume 1, Issue 3 (December 2020) – 3 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Optical wireless communication (OWC) uses the visible and infrared spectrum bands of the electromagnetic spectrum to send data. When visible light is used, the technology is called visible light communication (VLC). In this paper, the potential use of VLC in an outdoor environment is studied by use of a VLC channel simulator. The main impactors of the outdoor environments are the presence of fog and/or smoke due to fire or pollutants. The effects of fog have been widely studied in research, and models have been developed to be used in infrared and visible spectrum bands. The novelty of this paper is the study, adaptation and use of smoke models developed for fire engineering in the VLC channel simulator. The communication link is assessed, and it seems that outdoor VLC has a promising future. View this paper
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