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Design framework for entanglement-distribution switching networks
Author(s): Robert J. Drost; Michael Brodsky
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Paper Abstract

The distribution of quantum entanglement appears to be an important component of applications of quantum communications and networks. The ability to centralize the sourcing of entanglement in a quantum network can provide for improved efficiency and enable a variety of network structures. A necessary feature of an entanglement-sourcing network node comprising several sources of entangled photons is the ability to reconfigurably route the generated pairs of photons to network neighbors depending on the desired entanglement sharing of the network users at a given time. One approach to such routing is the use of a photonic switching network. The requirements for an entanglement distribution switching network are less restrictive than for typical conventional applications, leading to design freedom that can be leveraged to optimize additional criteria. In this paper, we present a mathematical framework defining the requirements of an entanglement-distribution switching network. We then consider the design of such a switching network using a number of 2 × 2 crossbar switches, addressing the interconnection of these switches and efficient routing algorithms. In particular, we define a worst-case loss metric and consider 6 × 6, 8 × 8, and 10 × 10 network designs that optimize both this metric and the number of crossbar switches composing the network. We pay particular attention to the 10 × 10 network, detailing novel results proving the optimality of the proposed design. These optimized network designs have great potential for use in practical quantum networks, thus advancing the concept of quantum networks toward reality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9980, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIV, 998006 (13 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237782
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Robert J. Drost, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Michael Brodsky, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9980:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIV
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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