Optical wireless communications - An emerging technology

Murat Uysal, Hatef Nouri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Optical wireless communication (OWC) enables wireless connectivity using infrared, visible or ultraviolet bands. With its powerful features such as high bandwidth, low cost and operation in an unregulated spectrum, OWC can be, in some applications, a powerful alternative to and, in others, complementary to the existing wireless technologies. It is one of the most promising current areas of research with significant potentials for high-impact results which will considerably change the wireless market mostly dominated by the radio-frequency (RF) technologies. In this paper, we provide an overview of OWC highlighting the advantages and wide range of application areas of this emerging technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICTON 2014 - 16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479956005
StatePublished - 2014
Event16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2014 - Graz, Austria
Duration: Jul 6 2014Jul 10 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
ISSN (Electronic)2162-7339


Conference16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2014


  • Free space optical communication
  • Optical wireless communication
  • Ultraviolet communication
  • Visible light communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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