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Simulation of ground-satellite quantum key exchange using a dedicated atmospheric free-space test-bed
Author(s): Paul J. Edwards; Peter Lynam; Colin Cochran; Adrian Blake
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Paper Abstract

The University of Canberra and its research collaborators have established a dedicated free-space laser communications test-bed between a national telecommunications facility and four selected monitoring sites at distances ranging from 4 to 47 km. This test-bed is currently being used to simulate and characterize the free-space quantum channel along which secure quantum key exchanges could take place between earth stations and low earth orbit satellites, the latter acting as global key couriers. We present the results of these trials conducted under a variety of atmospheric conditions. We use the results to estimate error rates and secure key exchange rates for ground/satellite key exchange systems employing weak Poissonian pulses with more stringent security requirements than are sometimes quoted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5161, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.505350
Show Author Affiliations
Paul J. Edwards, Univ. of Canberra (Australia)
Peter Lynam, Univ. of Canberra (Australia)
Colin Cochran, Univ. of Canberra (Australia)
Adrian Blake, Univ. of Canberra (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5161:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih, Editor(s)

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