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Effects of atmospheric turbulence and misalignment-induced fading on the secrecy performance of IM/DD free-space CV-QKD systems using a Gaussian beam

Paper Abstract

This paper explores the secrecy performance of the recently proposed intensity modulation/direct detection (IM/DD) terrestrial free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) system, by using a Gaussian-beam propagation model and considering the combined effects of atmospheric turbulence and legitimate transceivers’ misalignment. Secrecy performance metrics including quantum bit error rate (QBER) and ergodic secret-key rate are newly derived in closedform expressions, taking into account all combined effects of turbulence- and misalignment-induced fading channels, the eavesdropper’s location relative to the legitimate receiver, and receiver noises. To satisfy security constraints, the system designs based on the intensity modulation depth and beam waist of the Gaussian beam at the transmitter, and dualthreshold (D-T) selection at the receiver, are comprehensively discussed under turbulence and misalignment conditions as well as different eavesdropper’s locations. Monte-Carlo (M-C) simulations are also implemented to verify the analytical results. Remarkably, this paper also offers the first framework in the literature to evaluate the secrecy performance of free-space optical (FSO) systems considering the eavesdropper’s location under the effect of misalignment between legitimate transceivers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111801Y (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535989
Show Author Affiliations
Phuc V. Trinh, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)
Alberto Carrasco-Casado, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)
Anh T. Pham, Univ. of Aizu (Japan)
Morio Toyoshima, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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