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hv photonics Article Research on the Coverage of Ultraviolet Communication Network in the Arbitrary Polygon Area 1 2 2 , Fang Cao , Cheng Li and Zhiyong Xu * Zijin College, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210023, China; caofang781@njust.edu.cn College of Communication Engineering, Army Engineering University of PLA, Nanjing 210007, China; superhero199277@163.com * Correspondence: njxzy123@163.com Abstract: Given that the current ultraviolet (UV) networking model is established in a regular circular area, this article studies the coverage of a UV non-line-of-sight (NLOS) communication network creatively in the arbitrary polygon area. In this paper, the UV communication model and the basic concepts of network coverage are introduced ﬁrst. Then the inﬂuence parameters of the UV node communication radius are studied, and the changes of the communication radius under different work patterns are analyzed. Finally, the coverage of the square target area is simulated under different communication parameters (transmitted power, data rate and node density). The results illustrate that the smaller the transceiver elevation angles are, the better the network coverage performance is. Additionally, we numerically compare the UV network models of polygonal and circular regions, which can be used as a reference for actual networking. Keywords: ultraviolet (UV) network; network coverage; arbitrary polygon area 1. Introduction Citation: Cao, F.; Li, C.; Xu, Z. With the rapid development of communication technology, the communication sys- Research on the Coverage of tem applied in the complex electromagnetic environment is gradually developed for the Ultraviolet Communication Network integration of communication and resistance. Traditional wireless communication has been in the Arbitrary Polygon Area. unable to meet the requirements of the complex and changeable electromagnetic environ- Photonics 2021, 8, 240. https:// ment, and its problems such as low conﬁdentiality and susceptibility to interference are doi.org/10.3390/photonics8070240 gradually exposed. “Solar blind zone” ultraviolet (UV) communication has excellent char- acteristics rarely available in other signal sources such as low background light interference, Received: 21 May 2021 non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scattering communication, strong anti-jamming ability and high Accepted: 24 June 2021 conﬁdentiality, showing its potential as a supplement to traditional radio communication Published: 28 June 2021 means [1]. The integration of UV communication and the Ad hoc network can give full play to their unique advantages. In addition, the distance of UV communication has been Publisher’s Note: MDPI stays neutral greatly expanded with the multi-hop transmission performance of the Ad hoc network. with regard to jurisdictional claims in Therefore it has broad application prospects in the ﬁeld of wireless, secure communication published maps and institutional afﬁl- in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) terminals. It should be noted that the high-power UV iations. light source can cause some damage to the eyes and skin. Therefore, when it is used, the power of the light source should be strictly controlled according to safety regulations. As early as the 1960s, the U.S. Navy began to pay attention to UV communication, hoping to realize NLOS scattered light communication [2,3]. Shen et al. proposed three Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. improvement measures for the Monte Carlo method commonly used in UV scattering Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. simulation [4]. In 2019, a UV scattering model applied in both strong and weak turbulence This article is an open access article was proposed [5]. Kang et al. took the lead in using a UV source pumped by an electron distributed under the terms and beam to test and analyze the characteristics of the UV scattering link [6]. In 2020, the bit conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// error rate of the system was reduced by using diversity technology at the receiver end of creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ the UV communication system [7]. 4.0/). Photonics 2021, 8, 240. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics8070240 https://www.mdpi.com/journal/photonics Photonics 2021, 8, 240 2 of 12 The UV network needs to cover the entire target area in order to achieve reliable communication. Vavoula et al. deduced the probability expression of isolated nodes in a circular area for UV network coverage and used a network model based on multi-hop nodes to expand its communication range [8]. The literature [8] simulated and analyzed the inﬂuence of transmitted power, node density, data rate and bit error rate on network coverage under OOK and PPM modulation modes but only discusses the working mode of vertical transmission and vertical reception. Zhao et al. took the lead in discussing the im- pact of various parameters on the performance of the UV network under different working modes, while the connected state under discussion is only a 1-connected network [9]. At present, the studies on the coverage of the UV network are all based on the circular area. In our previous research, the UV network connectivity in the circular area under different working modes also has been studied [10]. However, in reality, most distribution areas of the UV nodes are irregular shapes rather than the standard circle. This article creatively analyzes the UV coverage under the condition that the UV nodes are uniformly distributed in an arbitrary convex polygon area and mathematically discusses the inﬂuence of different parameters on network performance. The research on the connectivity of the UV network in an arbitrary polygon region can break the restriction of the regular circular distribution region and provide a higher reference value for practical network construction. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. The UV communication model and the basic concepts of network coverage are introduced ﬁrst in Section 2. Then the inﬂuence pa- rameters of the UV node communication radius are studied. The mathematical expression of k-connectivity of UV network in an arbitrary convex polygon is derived in Section 3. Section 4 gives the mathematical analysis of the simulation results. The 2-connectivity of the UV nodes evenly distributed in the circular area and the arbitrary convex polygon area is compared, and the reasons for the difference are given. Finally, Section 5 presents a summary of this article. 2. Preliminaries 2.1. UV NLOS Scattering Model Figure 1 represents the schematic diagram of the UV scattering channel. The UV source at the transmitting end (T ) transmits a light signal into space at a beam divergence angle (F ) and a transmitting elevation angle (q ), and the receiver (R ) receives the signal 1 1 X at the ﬁeld of view (FOV) angle (F ) and the receiving elevation angle (q ). The transmitting 2 2 beam and the receiving FOV form an effective scatterer (V) in the overlapping area in the atmosphere. The emitted UV signal reaches the R after being scattered by V. Thus, the NLOS transmission of the signal is completed. According to the transceiver elevation Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 3 of 13 angles, UV communication can be divided into three work patterns, as shown in Figure 2: NLOS-a, NLOS-b and NLOS-c. Figure 1. The UV scattering channel [11]. Figure 1. The UV scattering channel [11]. Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx (a) (b) (c) Figure 2. (a) NLOS-a, (b) NLOS-b, (c) NLOS-c. 2.2. UV Node Communication Radius The scattering and absorption of gas molecules and aerosol particles in the atmos- phere make the UV signal seriously attenuated. After a large number of experimental tests, Chen et al. proposed a path loss model for UV communication [12]. In short-distance communication of hundreds of meters, the simplified expression of path loss is as [12] (1) L = ξr where L is the power attenuation, ξ is the path loss factor, α is the path loss exponent and r is the communication radius. On the basis of Chen, we came to similar experimental conclusions after many Monte Carlo simulation experiments when Φ1 and Φ2 are fixed at 17° and 30°, respectively. Figure 3 shows the experimental results under the conditions of different transmit and receive elevation angles and a step length of 10°. θ1=10° θ1=20° θ1=30° 6 θ1=40° θ1=50° θ1=60° θ1=70° θ1=80° θ1=90° 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Rx elevation angle θ2 (°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) (a) (b) Figure 3. (a) Path loss factor. (b) Path loss exponent. Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 3 of 13 Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 3 of 13 Photonics 2021, 8, 240 3 of 12 Figure 1. The UV scattering channel [11]. Figure 1. The UV scattering channel [11]. Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx (a) (b) (c) (a) (b) (c) Figure 2. (a) NLOS-a, (b) NLOS-b, (c) NLOS-c. Figure 2. (a) NLOS-a, (b) NLOS-b, (c) NLOS-c. Figure 2. (a) NLOS-a, (b) NLOS-b, (c) NLOS-c. 2.2. UV Node Communication Radius 2. 2.2. 2. UV Node Communica UV Node Communication tion Radius Radius The scattering and absorption of gas molecules and aerosol particles in the atmos- The scat The scattering tering and and absorption absorption of g of gasa molecules s molecules and and aer aeroso osol particles l partic in les in the atmospher the atmos- e phere make the UV signal seriously attenuated. After a large number of experimental make the UV signal seriously attenuated. After a large number of experimental tests, phere make the UV signal seriously attenuated. After a large number of experimental tests, Chen et al. proposed a path loss model for UV communication [12]. In short-distance Chen et al. proposed a path loss model for UV communication [12]. In short-distance tests, Chen et al. proposed a path loss model for UV communication [12]. In short-distance communication of hundreds of meters, the simplified expression of path loss is as [12] communication of hundreds of meters, the simpliﬁed expression of path loss is as [12] communication of hundreds of meters, the simplified expression of path loss is as [12] a (1) L = ξr (1) L = ξr L = xr (1) where L is the power attenuation, ξ is the path loss factor, α is the path loss exponent where L is the power attenuation, ξ is the path loss factor, α is the path loss exponent where L is the power attenuation, x is the path loss factor, a is the path loss exponent and and r is the communication radius. On the basis of Chen, we came to similar experimental and r is the communication radius. On the basis of Chen, we came to similar experimental r is the communication radius. On the basis of Chen, we came to similar experimental conclusions after many Monte Carlo simulation experiments when Φ1 and Φ2 are fixed at conclusions after many Monte Carlo simulation experiments when Φ1 and Φ2 are fixed at conclusions after many Monte Carlo simulation experiments when F and F are ﬁxed at 1 2 17° and 30°, respectively. Figure 3 shows the experimental results under the conditions of 17° and 30°, respectively. Figure 3 shows the experimental results under the conditions of 17 and 30 , respectively. Figure 3 shows the experimental results under the conditions of different transmit and receive elevation angles and a step length of 10°. different transmit and receive elevation angles and a step length of 10°. different transmit and receive elevation angles and a step length of 10 . 10 9 10 8 θ1=10° 7 θ1=10° θ1=20° θ1=20° θ1=30° θ1=30° 6 θ1=40° 10 θ1=40° θ1=50° θ1=50° θ1=60° θ1=60° θ1=70° 10 5 θ1=70° θ1=80° θ1=80° θ1=90° θ1=90° 10 4 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Rx elevation angle θ2 (°) Rx elevation angle θ2 (°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) Rx elevation angle θ2(°) (a) (b) (a) (b) Figure 3. (a) Path loss factor. (b) Path loss exponent. Figure 3. (a) Path loss factor. (b) Path loss exponent. Figure 3. (a) Path loss factor. (b) Path loss exponent. This article chooses the on-off keying (OOK) modulation method, and the bit error rate (P ) expression is [13] P = exp(l ) (2) sOOK l , which is the arrival rate of photons per cycle, is expressed as [14] s-ooK hP l = (3) sOOK LR hc/l By substituting Equations (1) and (3) into Equation (2), we get a hlP r = (4) OOK hcxR ln(2P ) b e Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 4 of 13 This article chooses the on-off keying (OOK) modulation method, and the bit error rate (Pe) expression is [13] (2) P=− exp( λ ) e s−OOK λs-ooK, which is the arrival rate of photons per cycle, is expressed as [14] η P λ = (3) s −OOK LR hc / λ By substituting Equations (1) and (3) into Equation (2), we get ηλ P r =− (4) Photonics 2021, 8, 240 OOK 4 of 12 hcξ R ln() 2P be 2.3. UV Network Coverage 2.3. UV Network Coverage 2.3.1. 2.3.1. Ba Basic sic Concept Concept Network coverage is a reference standard that reﬂects the communication service Network coverage is a reference standard that reflects the communication service quality provided by the UV communication network. In the UV NLOS communication quality provided by the UV communication network. In the UV NLOS communication network, network coverage means that each node achieves the coverage effect of the target network, network coverage means that each node achieves the coverage effect of the tar- area through cooperative communication. In this article, the Boolean coverage model is get area through cooperative communication. In this article, the Boolean coverage model used, as shown in Figure 4. The Boolean perception model is an idealized model, ignoring is used, as shown in Figure 4. The Boolean perception model is an idealized model, ignor- the decreasing process from 0 to 1. Since this model has only two states of being covered ing the decreasing process from 0 to 1. Since this model has only two states of being cov- and not being covered, it is also called the 0–1 model. ered and not being covered, it is also called the 0–1 model. Figure Figure 4. 4. The The B Boolean oolean co coverage verage model model.. Assuming that the coverage radius of the node O is R, the coverage quality of node O Assuming that the coverage radius of the node O is R, the coverage quality of node at a certain point X is as [15] O at a certain point X is as [15] 1, do ( ,x) < R 1, d(o, x) < R p(sps )() = = , , (5) (5) 0, d(o, x) R 0, do ( ,x) ≥ R wher where e pp ((ss )) r repr epresents whe esents whether ther the point the point O Ocan cancover coverthe thepoint point X X , , a and nd dd ((oo , ,x x ))r represents the epresents the distance distancebetween between the the X Xand andthe the OO. . 2.3.2. Evaluation Standard The evaluation criteria of UV network coverage are mainly coverage rate and k- connectivity. Coverage rate (C ) refers to the ratio of the total coverage of all nodes to the ov entire target area [15], cov C = (6) ov TA where N represents the coverage area of all nodes, and TA represents the target area. cov k-coverage means that any target is covered by at least k nodes in the network, and k-connectivity means that any node can communicate directly with at least k nodes in the network. In most cases, the coverage blind zone has a small impact on the overall performance of the network, and the interruption of the communication link causes more serious losses to the performance of the network. Thus the network needs to meet the requirements of 2-connectivity and 1-coverage. In this manuscript, the distribution of nodes in the target area of an arbitrary polygon is a uniform random distribution. In the case of ensuring the 2-connectivity of the network, the communication scope of all nodes can cover the entire target area. Therefore, this manuscript focuses on the 2-connectivity of the UV network. Photonics 2021, 8, 240 5 of 12 3. k-Connectivity The analysis of the UV k-connectivity network is placed in a two-dimensional arbitrary convex polygon area E, and the area of E is A. The UV terminal nodes are evenly distributed in E, and the number of nodes is n. Therefore the probability density function is (x, y) 2 E H(x, y) = (7) 0 else For the arbitrary node i(l , a ) in area E, its communication coverage B (l , a ) is a circle i i r i i area with (l , a ) as its center and r as its radius. In the polar coordinate system, it can be i i expressed as 2 2 (l cos a l cos a ) + (l sin a l sin a ) = r (8) Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW i i i i 6 of 13 When the distance between i(l , a ) and the pole O is greater than or equal to the i i communication radius r, l r as Figure 5a. (a) l ≥ r (b) l < r Figure 5. Polygonal network model. Figure 5. Polygonal network model. Elucidating Equation (8), we derive Elucidating Equation (8), we derive l sin a i i a = arcsin arcsin > l l i i > l sin α r ii > l sin a i i α=− arcsin arcsin a = arcsin + arcsin 2 > l l i i < ll ii l = l cos a cos a + l sin a sin a 1 i i i i (9) > 2 2 (l cos a cos a + l sin a sin a) l r > i i i i > l sin α r > ii > α> l=+ = arcsi l cosna a cos a + l sin a sinrcas+in 2 i i i i > ll : 2 ii (l cos a cos a + l sin a sin a) l r i i i i (9) ll=+ cosαα cos l sinα sinα− 1 ii i i ll cosαα cos+− sinα sinα l− r () () ii i i i ll=+ cosαα cos l sinα sinα+ 2 ii i i ll coss αα cos+− linα sinα −r () () ii i i i α1 and α2, l1 and l2 represent the upper and lower bounds of the integral area in the polar coordinate system, respectively. When l < r, as in Figure 5b, the pole O is within the coverage of the node il ,α , B, l α () () ri i ii α = 0 απ = 2 l = 0 (10) ll=+ cosαα cos l sinα sinα+ 2 ii i i l cosαα cos+−lr sinα sinα l− () () ii i i i The probability Pl , α , r that the node il ,α has adjacent nodes is () () ii ii l α dl H(c l osαα ,l sin )ldα, l ≥ r l α Pr l,, α = () (11) ii l α dl H(c l osαα,) l sin ldα, l < r l α 11 Photonics 2021, 8, 240 6 of 12 a and a , l and l represent the upper and lower bounds of the integral area in the 1 2 1 2 polar coordinate system, respectively. When l < r, as in Figure 5b, the pole O is within the coverage B (l , a ) of the node i(l , a ), r i i i i a = 0 > 1 a = 2p l = 0 (10) > l = l cos a cos a + l sin a sin a+ 2 i i i i : 2 (l cos a cos a + l sin a sin a) l r i i i i The probability P(l , a , r) that the node i(l , a ) has adjacent nodes is i i i i R R l a 2 2 dl H(l cos a, l sin a)lda, l r l a 1 1 P(l , a , r) = R R (11) i i l a 2 2 dl H(l cos a, l sin a)lda, l < r l a 1 1 The remaining arbitrary nodes within the coverage area of the node i(l , a ) obey the i i binomial distribution Bin( n 1, P(l , a , r)), so the probability that i(l , a ) has k adjacent i i i i nodes is n 1 k n1k P (l , a , r) = P(l , a , r) (1 P(l , a , r)) (12) k i i i i i i The number of nodes in the UV network is n. Thus, the probability that i(l , a ) has at i i least k adjacent nodes is k1 n 1 i n1i P (l , a , r) = 1 P(l , a , r) (1 P(l , a , r)) (13) k i i å i i i i i=0 We can derive the probability that an arbitrary node has at least k adjacent nodes using Z Z Q (r) = H(l cos a, l sin a)P (l , a , r)ldadl (14) i i n,k >k The probability that each node has at least k neighbor nodes is used to express the probability of a k-connected network because there is no way to accurately calculate the k-connection probability of the network at present [16], P(E is k-connected ) P(n k) (15) Therefore, the probability of a k-connected network is Z Z P(E is k-connected ) (Q (r)) = H(l cos a, l sin a)P (l , a , r)ldadl (16) n,k k i i 4. Simulation and Analysis Based on Equation (4), we simulated the change of the node coverage range with the transmitting elevation angle under different receiving elevation angles. The communication parameter settings are shown in Table 1. Then the inﬂuence of different communication parameters (node density, data rate and transmitted power) on the UV k-connected network was analyzed. Finally, we numerically studied the UV network models of polygonal and circular regions, respectively, and analyzed the difference between them. Photonics 2021, 8, 240 7 of 12 Table 1. System model parameters. Parameter Value wavelength (l) 250 nm quantum efﬁciency of the ﬁlter and photodetector (h) 0.045 speed of light (c) 3.0 10 m/s bit error rate (P ) Planck constant (h) 6.62 10 Js transmitted power (P ) 0.5 W data rate (R ) 10 kbps Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 8 of 13 4.1. Transceiver Elevation Angles and Node Coverage Range Figure 6 shows how the node coverage range changes with the transmitting elevation angle (q ) under different receiving elevation angles (q ). We observe that as q increases, 1 2 1 is greater than that when θ1 is 40°. Since the volume of the effective scatterer (V) becomes the range gradually decreases. By contrast, we note that when q is 50 , the coverage range larger as θ1 increases from 40° to 50°. is greater than that when q is 40 . Since the volume of the effective scatterer (V) becomes larger as q increases from 40 to 50 . Figure 6. The relationship between node coverage range and the transmitting elevation angle. Figure 6. The relationship between node coverage range and the transmitting elevation angle. 4.2. The Connectivity Properties 4.2. The Connectivity Properties Five sets of elevation angle combinations are selected in the simulation process based on three working methods. This not only guarantees the diversity of work modes but also Five sets of elevation angle combinations are selected in the simulation process based avoids work redundancy caused by too many angle combinations. on three working methods. This not only guarantees the diversity of work modes but also Without the loss of generality, a regular quadrilateral is selected as the simulation area, avoids work redundancy caused by too many angle combinations. and the number of simulations is 100,000. Wi Figur thout the e 7 indicates loss of the general changingittr y, a regula end of P(k-connected) r quadrilat with erathe l isnode select density ed as t inhe simulation different working modes (R = 10 kbps, P = 0.5 W). The results illustrate that the k- b t area, and the number of simulations is 100,000. connection probability increases with the increase of node density, and there is a similar Figure 7 indicates the changing trend of P(k-connected) with the node density in dif- growth trend under different transceiver elevation angles. ferent working modes (Rb = 10 kbps, Pt = 0.5 W). The results illustrate that the k-connection probability increases with the increase of node density, and there is a similar growth trend under different transceiver elevation angles. (a) NLOS-a θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90° (b) NLOS-b θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90° Node coverage range (m) Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 8 of 13 is greater than that when θ1 is 40°. Since the volume of the effective scatterer (V) becomes larger as θ1 increases from 40° to 50°. Figure 6. The relationship between node coverage range and the transmitting elevation angle. 4.2. The Connectivity Properties Five sets of elevation angle combinations are selected in the simulation process based on three working methods. This not only guarantees the diversity of work modes but also avoids work redundancy caused by too many angle combinations. Without the loss of generality, a regular quadrilateral is selected as the simulation area, and the number of simulations is 100,000. Figure 7 indicates the changing trend of P(k-connected) with the node density in dif- ferent working modes (Rb = 10 kbps, Pt = 0.5 W). The results illustrate that the k-connection Photonics 2021, 8, 240 8 of 12 probability increases with the increase of node density, and there is a similar growth trend under different transceiver elevation angles. Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 9 of 13 (a) NLOS-a θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90° (b) NLOS-b θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90° (c) NLOS-b θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 90° (d) NLOS-c θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 50° (e) NLOS-c θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 50° Figure 7. The network connectivity changes with the node density: (a) θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90°, (b) θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90°, (c) θ1 = 50°, θ2 Figure 7. The network connectivity changes with the node density: (a) q = 90 , q = 90 , (b) q = 30 , q = 90 , (c) q = 50 , 1 2 1 2 1 = 90°, (d) θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 50°, (e) θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 50°. q = 90 , (d) q = 30 , q = 50 , (e) q = 50 , q = 50 . 2 1 2 1 2 If the UV network needs to reach 2-connectivity, that is, the network connection rate If the UV network needs to reach 2-connectivity, that is, the network connection reaches more than 95%, the node density under NLOS-a working mode is at least 1.71 × rate reaches more than 95%, the node density under NLOS-a working mode is at least −3 −2 10 m . The node density under NLOS-b (θ1 is chosen to be 50° and θ2 is unchanged) is 3 2 1.71 10 m . The node density under NLOS-b (q is chosen to be 50 and q is un- 1 2 −4 −2 at least 2.19 × 10 m , which is 12.8% of NLOS-a mode. 4 2 changed) is at least 2.19 10 m , which is 12.8% of NLOS-a mode. A horizontal comparison illustrates that the conditions for achieving a 3-connected A horizontal comparison illustrates that the conditions for achieving a 3-connected network under the same communication parameters is more stringent. In NLOS-a mode, network under the same communication parameters is more stringent. In NLOS-a mode, the node density needs to increase by 54.0% if the 1-connected network needs to reach the the node density needs to increase by 54.0% if the 1-connected network needs to reach the 2-connected network, and the node density increases by 116.9% to reach 3-connectivity. 2-connected Figure network, 8 shows the chan and the node ging trend o density f P(k-co increases nnecte by d) wi 116.9% th the da to rta each rate i 3-connectivity n different . −4 −2 working modes ( ρ = 5.0 × 10 m , Pt = 0.5 W). We know that the k-connection probability decreases with the increase of the data rate from Figure 8. When the working mode is NLOS-c, the data rate of the network from 1-connected state to 2-connected state needs to be reduced by 26%, and the data rate needs to be reduced by 39.4% to reach a 3-connected state, as shown in Figure 8e. Node coverage range (m) Photonics 2021, 8, 240 9 of 12 Figure 8 shows the changing trend of P(k-connected) with the data rate in different 4 2 working modes (r = 5.0 10 m , P = 0.5 W). We know that the k-connection probability decreases with the increase of the data rate from Figure 8. When the working mode is NLOS-c, the data rate of the network from 1-connected state to 2-connected state needs to Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 10 of 13 be reduced by 26%, and the data rate needs to be reduced by 39.4% to reach a 3-connected state, as shown in Figure 8e. (a) NLOS-a θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90° (b) NLOS-b θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90° (c) NLOS-b θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 90° (d) NLOS-c θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 50° (e) NLOS-c θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 50° Figure 8. The network connectivity changes with the data rate: (a) θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90°, (b) θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90°, (c) θ1 = 50°, θ2 = Figure 8. The network connectivity changes with the data rate: (a) q = 90 , q = 90 , (b) q = 30 , q = 90 , (c) q = 50 , 1 2 1 2 1 90°, (d) θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 50°, (e) θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 50°. q = 90 , (d) q = 30 , q = 50 , (e) q = 50 , q = 50 . 2 1 2 1 2 From Figure 9, the changing trend of P(k-connected) with the transmission power ( ρ −4 −2 = 5.0 × 10 m , Rb = 10 kbps) can be found. That is, the P(k-connected) increases as the transmission power increases. When the working mode is NLOS-c, the transmission Photonics 2021, 8, 240 10 of 12 Photonics 2021, 8, x FOR PEER REVIEW 11 of 13 From Figure 9, the changing trend of P(k-connected) with the transmission power 4 2 (r = 5.0 10 m , R = 10 kbps) can be found. That is, the P(k-connected) increases as the transmission power increases. When the working mode is NLOS-c, the transmission power power of the network from 1-connected state to 2-connected state needs to increase by of the network from 1-connected state to 2-connected state needs to increase by 27.0%, and 27.0%, and the transmission power needs to increase by 53.7% to reach a 3-connected state, the transmission power needs to increase by 53.7% to reach a 3-connected state, as shown as shown in Figure 9e. By comparing Figures 7–9, we notice that the smaller the trans- in Figure 9e. By comparing Figures 7–9, we notice that the smaller the transceiver elevation ceiver elevation angles are, the better the network connectivity performance is. angles are, the better the network connectivity performance is. (a) NLOS-a θ1 = 90°, θ2 = 90° (b) NLOS-b θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 90° (c) NLOS-b θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 90° (d) NLOS-c θ1 = 30°, θ2 = 50° (e) NLOS-c θ1 = 50°, θ2 = 50° Figure 9. The network connectivity changes with the transmission power: (a) q = 90 , q = 90 , (b) q = 30 , q = 90 , 1 2 1 2 (c) q = 50 , q = 90 , (d) q = 30 , q = 50 , (e) q = 50 , q = 50 . 1 2 1 2 1 2 Photonics 2021, 8, 240 11 of 12 4.3. The 2-Connectivity Analysis for Two Distribution Regions The 2-connected UV network has good robustness, which can meet the use of an actual UV network. In our previous research, the UV network connectivity in the circular area under different working modes has been studied [10]. We compared the model built in an arbitrary polygonal area with the model built in the circular area, and the numerical comparison results are shown in Table 2. Table 2. Numerical comparison of two regional models. Regional Model Circular Area Regular Quadrilateral Area Node Density Transmission Node Density Transmission Data Rate (kbps) Data Rate (kbps) 2 2 (m ) Power (W) (m ) Power (W) 4 2 4 2 UV Parameters r = 5.0 10 m , r = 5.0 10 m , 4 2 4 2 R = 10 kbps, r = 5.0 10 m , R = 10 kbps, r = 5.0 10 m , b b P = 0.5 W P = 0.5 W t t P = 0.5 W R = 10 kbps P = 0.5 W R = 10 kbps t b t b NLOS-a: 3 3 q = 90 , 4.51 10 2.24 3.11 1.71 10 1.12 4.41 q = 90 NLOS-b: 4 4 q = 30 , 1.95 10 0.32 18.51 1.78 10 0.26 21.82 q = 90 NLOS-b: 4 4 q = 50 , 0.52 12.83 0.31 18.11 1 4.32 10 2.19 10 q = 90 NLOS-c: 5 5 q = 30 , 3.51 10 0.09 43.10 2.95 10 0.05 53.01 q = 50 NLOS-c: 5 5 q = 50 , 6.50 10 0.31 18.71 4.32 10 0.28 33.20 q = 50 From Table 2, we ﬁnd that the model of UV nodes evenly distributed in a circular area requires more stringent communication parameters than the model in a regular quadri- lateral area. It requires higher r, P and lower R to reach the 2-connected network. The t b “boundary effect” of the circular area is stronger, which leads to more terminals distributed on the boundary of the region, thereby reducing the connectivity of the model [17]. 5. Conclusions In this paper, the UV network model is creatively constructed in an arbitrary polyg- onal area, and the network coverage in a regular quadrilateral area is analyzed. The effects of different communication parameters on connectivity are simulated, and the results demonstrate that the smaller the transceiver elevation angles are, the better the network connectivity performance is. When q is the same and q is 50 , the connectivity 1 2 performance of the network is more prominent. Finally, we numerically compared the UV network models of polygonal and circular regions. The analysis results can provide theoretical guidance for actual networking. At present, we have begun to carry out the experiment of UV physical networking. 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In Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Mobile and Wireless Communication Networks (WMAN), Stockholm, Sweden, 9–11 September Short Biography of Authors Fang Cao is a lecturer in Nanjing University of Science and Technology Zijin College. And her research direction is Photoelectric information processing. Cheng Li is a master in Army Engineering University of PLA, College of Communication Engineering. And his research direction is wireless optical communication. Zhiyong Xu is a professor in Army Engineering University of PLA, College of Communication Engineering. And his research direction is wireless optical communication.

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**Published: ** Jun 28, 2021

**Keywords: **ultraviolet (UV) network; network coverage; arbitrary polygon area

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