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Quantum key distribution system operating at sifted-key rate over 4 Mbit/s
Author(s): Xiao Tang; Lijun Ma; Alan Mink; Anastase Nakassis; Hai Xu; Barry Hershman; Joshua Bienfang; David Su; Ronald F. Boisvert; Charles Clark; Carl Williams
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Paper Abstract

A complete fiber-based polarization encoding quantum key distribution (QKD) system based on the BB84 protocol has been developed at National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). The system can be operated at a sifted key rate of more than 4 Mbit/s over optical fiber of length 1 km and mean photon number 0.1. The quantum channel uses 850 nm photons from attenuated high speed VCSELs and the classical channel uses 1550 nm light from normal commercial coarse wavelength division multiplexing devices. Sifted-key rates and quantum error rates at different transmission rates are measured as a function of distance (fiber length). A polarization auto-compensation module has been developed and utilized to recover the polarization state and to compensate for temporal drift. An automatic timing alignment device has also been developed to quickly handle the initial configuration of quantum channels so that detection events fall into the correct timing window. These automated functions make the system more practical for integration into existing optical local area networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6244, Quantum Information and Computation IV, 62440P (12 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664455
Show Author Affiliations
Xiao Tang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Lijun Ma, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Alan Mink, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Anastase Nakassis, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Hai Xu, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Barry Hershman, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Joshua Bienfang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
David Su, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Ronald F. Boisvert, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Charles Clark, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Carl Williams, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6244:
Quantum Information and Computation IV
Eric J. Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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