Special Issue "Optical Wireless Access Networks and Systems"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mark Stephen Leeson

School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
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Interests: optical wireless communications; machine learning; underwater optical wireless communications; body area networks; error correction codes; optical access networks.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Traffic volumes in all networks show no signs of reducing their rates of increase, leading to questions as to how the current telecommunication network infrastructure can accommodate this expansion. This process is made more challenging by the need to ensure that latency, energy consumption, cost and complexity do not rise significantly with the growing data volumes. It is clear that the available radio spectrum below 10 GHz is no longer sufficient to meet the demands and there have been moves to mm Wave systems to attempt deliver a radio frequency solution. However, at such frequencies, losses are very high since they depend on the square of the carrier transmission frequency. Moreover, electromagnetic radiation begins to need line-of-sight paths for communications since blockage and shadowing become difficult to avoid using mm Waves. Thus, optical wireless communication (OWC) provides a promising alternative for future access network systems that offers, inter alia, high data rates and an absence of electromagnetic interference.

This Special Issue aims to publish novel, timely and exciting papers in the field of OWC technology defined in the broadest sense. Thus, papers are welcomed across a full spectrum of work, from the determination of fundamental performance limits to practical system demonstrations. There are no restrictions on the wavelength of operation or the operating scenario, as long as this encompasses network access as customarily interpreted by the research community. Submissions are welcomed from experts in academia and industry worldwide in this rapidly emerging area.

Dr. Mark Stephen Leeson
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • OWC channel modeling
  • practical OWC demonstrations
  • visible light communications
  • modulation and coding techniques for OWC
  • capacity of OWC channels
  • signal processing for OWC
  • OWC multiple access
  • routing for OWC
  • airborne systems
  • OWC for 5G
  • OWC for sensor networks
  • vehicular OWC
  • underwater OWC

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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