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Air to ground quantum key distribution
Author(s): Sebastian Nauerth; Florian Moll; Markus Rau; Joachim Horwath; Stefan Frick; Christian Fuchs; Harald Weinfurter
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Paper Abstract

To enable global scale quantum key distribution1-3 (QKD), satellite based systems 4,5 are the most promising approach. So far, free-space QKD has already been demonstrated on communication channels with attenuation comparable to satellite downlinks,6 and classical laser communications with satellites and aircrafts is heavily explored.7-10 Here, combining both these challenges, we demonstrate an aircraft to ground QKD transmission obtaining a sifted key rate of 145 bit/s and a QBER, larglely dominated by background events and stray light, of 4:8 %.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8518, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging X, 85180D (25 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929790
Show Author Affiliations
Sebastian Nauerth, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Florian Moll, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Markus Rau, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Joachim Horwath, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Stefan Frick, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Christian Fuchs, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Harald Weinfurter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8518:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging X
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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