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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 8764–8771

Transmission medium and full fiber-optic setup for quantum key distribution applications

Stavros I. Tsakiris and Nikolaos K. Uzunoglu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 34, pp. 8764-8771 (2006)

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A fiber-optic-based coupled waveguide transmission medium is proposed to distribute secret keys in a single-photon polarization-based quantum cryptography setup. Polarization maintenance properties and coupling phenomena of the transmission medium are exploited to achieve accuracy and security of the transferred key. Elliptic fibers and fiber couplers are used to prepare the transmitted photons at the sender as well as analyze them at the receiver. The uniqueness of the setup stands on the exclusive use of fiber-optic components, enabling its construction on a single fiber line.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2006

Stavros I. Tsakiris and Nikolaos K. Uzunoglu, "Transmission medium and full fiber-optic setup for quantum key distribution applications," Appl. Opt. 45, 8764-8771 (2006)

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