Transmission of Signals Using White LEDs for VLC Applications

P. Louro, V. Silva, I. Rodrigues, Maria Manuela de Almeida Carvalho Vieira

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In this paper an integrated wavelength optical filter and photodetector for Visible Light Communication (VLC) is used. The proposed application uses indoor warm light lamps lighting using ultra-bright white LEDs pulsed at frequencies higher than the ones perceived by the human eye. The system was analyzed using two different types the white LEDs, namely, phosphor and tri-chromatic based LEDs. The signals were transmitted into free space and the generated photocurrent was measured by the pin-pin photodetector based on a-SiC:H/a-Si:H. This device operates in the visible spectrum, allowing thus the detection of the pulsed white light emitted by the LEDs. However, as it also works as a visible optical filter with controlled wavelength sensitivity through the use of adequate optical biasing light, it is able to detect different wavelengths. This feature allows the detection of the individual components of the tri-chromatic white LED, which enlarges the amount of information transmitted by this type of white LED, when compared to the phosphor based LED. A capacitive optoelectronic model supports the experimental results and the physical operation of the device. A numerical simulation is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Amorphous SiC technology
  • Numerical simulation
  • Optoelectronics
  • Spectral sensitivity
  • Visible light communication
  • White LEDs


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