Performance evaluation of pilot-assisted PAPR reduction technique in optical OFDM systems

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    The pilot-assisted peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) reduction technique proposed for optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) communication systems is evaluated empirically and theoretically in this letter. The PAPR reduction is achieved by rotating the phase of data symbols with P iterations of randomly generated pilot symbol sequence. The results of our hardware implementation and analysis show a close agreement to that of computer simulations. In comparison with basic OFDM, where no PAPR reduction technique is implemented, experimental PAPR reduction gain of pilot-assisted OFDM at a complementary cumulative distribution function of 10-3 with P = 5 is ~2 dB. This gain is ~0.2 dB less than that of analytical results. The experimental results also show that the pilot-assisted technique does not cause any significant deterioration of the bit error performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1088-1091
    Number of pages4
    JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
    Issue number10
    Early online date26 Feb 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


    • PAPR reduction
    • indoor OWC
    • optical OFDM
    • optical communications
    • pilot symbol


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