Abstract

A non-line-of-sight (NLOS) ultraviolet (UV) communication channel model is established by using a Monte Carlo simulation method based on photon tracing. This method considers the multiple-scattering effects of UV signal propagation in the atmosphere, and simulates the condition of dual receivers for diversity reception. The channel characteristics of the UV communication are obtained by simulating the photon arrival probabilities. The model is employed to study the characteristics of NLOS UV scattering channels for a variety of scattering conditions, including the separation distance between transmitter and receiver, transmit/receive elevation angle, beam divergence, and field of view. The model has advantages in reliable prediction of UV communication for the dual-receiver condition, as validated by outdoor experiments at fixed elevation angles.

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