Ultraviolet Communications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks

Hamed Tadayyoni, Maryam Haghighi Ardakani, Ali Reza Heidarpour, Murat Uysal

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Due to the strong scattering, ultraviolet (UV) communication links enable non-line-of-sight (NLOS) outdoor connectivity and relax the pointing, acquisition, and tracking requirements encountered in infrared links. This feature makes the UV communications attractive, in particular, for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks where link alignment is hard to realize. In this letter, we study the performance of the uplink of a ground sensor network where a UAV periodically visits the area to receive the data from serial sensor nodes. The transmission from the closest sensor to the flying UAV is the desired signal while the received signals from other nodes are treated as interference. We derive the bit error rate for the uplink airborne UV in the presence of interference. Numerical results are provided to validate our theoretical analysis and investigate the effect of interferers on the system performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • NLOS communication
  • Optical wireless communications
  • bit error rate performance
  • interference
  • ultraviolet communications
  • unmanned aerial vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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