Visible Light Communication System Using an Organic Bulk Heterojunction Photodetector Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2013

start page

  • 12266

end page

  • 12276


  • 9


  • 13

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1424-3210

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1424-8220


  • A visible light communication (VLC) system using an organic bulk heterojunction photodetector (OPD) is presented. The system has been successfully proven indoors with an audio signal. The emitter consists of three commercial high-power white LEDs connected in parallel. The receiver is based on an organic photodetector having as active layer a blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The OPD is opto-electrically characterized, showing a responsivity of 0.18 A/W and a modulation response of 790 kHz at -6 V.


  • Electronics
  • Optics


  • organic photodetector; bulk-heterojunction; visible light communication