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Phase attack on reference pulses of continuous-variable quantum key distribution with real local oscillators
Author(s): Biao Huang; Langhua Liu; Yu Wang; Yongmei Huang; Zhenming Peng
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Paper Abstract

Continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CVQKD) with a real local oscillator (LO) is confronted with new security issues attributed to the reference pulses transmitted together with quantum signals over the insecure quantum channel. This paper proposes a method of phase attack on reference pulses of the CVQKD with real LOs. Under the phase attack, the phase drifts of reference pulses are manipulated by eavesdroppers so that the phase compensation error is increased. Consequently, the secret key rate is reduced because of the imperfect phase compensation for quantum signals. Based on the noise model of imperfect phase compensation, both the parameters of actual transmittance and actual excess noise are deduced from the phase compensation accuracy, and then they are compared with those estimated by training signals. The simulation results show that the secret key rate calculated from the theoretical parameters is consistent with the one estimated by training signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11339, AOPC 2019: Quantum Information Technology, 1133903 (18 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2538523
Show Author Affiliations
Biao Huang, Key Lab. of Optical Engineering (China)
Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Langhua Liu, Southwest Communication Institute (China)
Yu Wang, Southwest Communication Institute (China)
Yongmei Huang, Key Lab. of Optical Engineering (China)
Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhenming Peng, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11339:
AOPC 2019: Quantum Information Technology
Jianyu Wang; Chaoyang Lu; Sven Höfling, Editor(s)

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