Visible light communication (VLC) is a promising solution to the increasing demands for wireless connectivity. Micro-sized Gallium Nitride (GaN) light emitting diodes (mirco-LEDs) are strong candidates for VLC due to their high bandwidths. Segmented violet mirco-LEDs are reported in this work with electrical-to-optical bandwidths up to 655 MHz. An orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) based VLC system with adaptive bit and energy loading is demonstrated and a data transmission rate of 11.95 Gb/s is achieved with a violet mirco-LED, when the nonlinear distortion of the mirco-LED is the dominant noise source of the VLC system. A record 7.91 Gb/s data transmission rate is reported below the forward error correction threshold using a single pixel of the segmented array when all the noise sources of the VLC system are present.
- optical communications
- free-space optical communication
- light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
- micro-optical devices
- visible light communication