Chair of Information and Coding Theory

Journal Publication on OFDM in Molecular Communications

Dec 10, 2018

M. Damrath, J. J. Koshy, and P. A. Hoeher, "Application of OFDM in diffusion-based molecular communication," in IEEE Trans. on Molecular, Biological and Multi-scale Commun., vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 254-258, Dec. 2018. DOI


In this letter, the application of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) in the area of diffusion-based molecular communication is studied. The focus is on direct current biased optical OFDM, asymmetrically clipped optical OFDM, and pulse amplitude modulation discrete multi-tone transmission known from optical communications. Simulation results show that the OFDM parameters have to be chosen carefully and that the bit error rate performance is in-between that of standard on-off keying transmission with maximum-likelihood sequence estimation and fixed threshold detection. In addition, it is demonstrated that a proposed bit-loading algorithm can further improve the OFDM performance.