Journal of Communications and Information Networks ›› 2017, Vol. 2 ›› Issue (4): 57-64.doi: 10.1007/s41650-017-0037-3

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Optimal power allocation for downlink two-user non-orthogonal multiple access in visible light communication

Shen Hong(),Wu Yanfei(),Xu Wei(),Zhao Chunming()   

  1. National Mobile Communications Research Laboratory,Southeast University,Nanjing 210096,China
  • Online:2017-12-25 Published:2017-12-29
  • Supported by:
    the National Basic Research Program of China(973 Program);the National Natural Science Foundation of China;the National Natural Science Foundation of China;the National Natural Science Foundation of China;the National Natural Science Foundation of China;the National Natural Science Foundation of China;the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province;the Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities

Abstract:

In this work,we consider employing the NOMA (Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access) technique in downlink VLC (Visible Light Communication) for performance enhancement.In particular,focusing on a typical NOMA scenario with two users,we optimize the power allocation strategies under both sum-rate maximization and max-min fairness criteria,where practical optical power and QoS (Quality of Service)constraints are included.As our main contribution,we achieve optimal power allocation solutions in semi-closed forms via mathematical analysis,which,to the best of our knowledge,have not been reported in literature.Simulation results demonstrate that NOMA can provide remarkable performance gains over OMA (Orthogonal Multiple Access) in the context of VLC downlinks.

Key words: NOMA, VLC, power allocation, sum-rate maximization, max-min fairness