An enhanced method for dynamic characterization of high-power LEDs for visible light communication applications

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Visible light communications (VLC) have been proposed for several applications beyond the traditional indoor scenarios, from vehicular to underwater communications. The common element in all these applications is the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in which the forward current that flows through each LED plays a major role. Therefore, knowing the electrical equivalent of the LEDs is a useful tool for the proper design of the VLC systems. Currently, some measurement instruments exist, such as the LCR (inductance, capacitance, and resistance) meters or impedance analyzers to characterize the main parameters of the LEDs. However, these instruments and measurement procedures are subject to satisfying some requirements, such as a minimum value of the input impedance or the maximum forward current. In this work, the LED LXHL-BW02 is used to obtain its equivalent circuit, using different measurement methods and traditional methods of measurement with our proposed method. The equivalent model is implemented on the simulation tool LTSPICE. Our alternative method can be used for determining the electrical equivalent circuit of LEDs subject to high current variations at very high frequencies, in the MHz range, i.e., in an operating range for VLC applications.
Light emitting diode, Equivalent circuit, Visible light communications, Modulation bandwidth
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Betancourt Perlaza, J. S., Torres Zafra, J. C., Morales Céspedes, M., Martínez-Sarriegui, I., del Valle, C. I., & Sánchez Pena, J. M. (2022). An Enhanced Method for Dynamic Characterization of High-Power LEDs for Visible Light Communication Applications. In Electronics, 1(3), 292-304