Abstract

Ultraviolet (UV) communication is an emerging communication method with non-line-of-sight, anti-interference, and anti-interception capabilities, along with high flexibility and reliability. Herein, the maximum ratio combining (MRC) diversity reception algorithm for a UV communication system is studied. Simulation and experimental results indicate that single and multiple outputs are useful and achievable, with an obvious diversity gain, and the MRC diversity reception algorithm can reduce the system bit error rate more effectively than the equal-gain combining method. The simulation and experimental results are analyzed, and the differences between them are discussed. These results provide guidelines for UV communication system design and implementation.

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