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Effective auto-alignment and tracking of transceivers for visible-light communication in data centres
Author(s): Fulin Liu; Minan Chen; Weibin Jiang; Xianqing Jin; Zhengyuan Xu
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, extensive investigations have been made on high-speed visible light communication (VLC) for indoor applications including data centres. For high-speed VLC systems, precise alignment between the VLC transceivers is usually required to establish an optical link with less optical loss. In this paper, an effective scheme of auto-alignment and tracking of transceivers is proposed for practical VLC systems with a high-speed camera for location of the target light source and a two-axis gimbal for initial auto-alignment between transceivers. To explore the feasibility of the proposed scheme, real-time dynamic 200 Mb/s carrierless amplitude-phase (CAP)-VLC transmission is experimentally demonstrated in ≥ 3 m VLC links with red light emitting diodes (LEDs) at an angular accuracy of ≤ 0.02º (0.35 mrad), a tracking speed of ≤ 27º/s and a latency of ≤ 21 ms. The proposed scheme can also be applied for coarse alignment in highspeed laser-based free space optical communication (FSO) systems with visible beacons. 10 Gb/s on-off keying (OOK) transmission is successfully demonstrated over a 1.8 m FSO link with the coarse alignment and the spatial light modulator (SLM)-based fine alignment. Experimental results indicate good flexibility and effectiveness of the proposed scheme for an FSO system with high spatial efficiency and low cabling complexity in data centres.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10945, Broadband Access Communication Technologies XIII, 109450N (1 February 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2506955
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Fulin Liu, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Minan Chen, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Weibin Jiang, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Xianqing Jin, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Zhengyuan Xu, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10945:
Broadband Access Communication Technologies XIII
Benjamin B. Dingel; Katsutoshi Tsukamoto; Spiros Mikroulis, Editor(s)

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