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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 18790–18979

Gigahertz decoy quantum key distribution with 1 Mbit/s secure key rate

A. R. Dixon, Z. L. Yuan, J. F. Dynes, A. W. Sharpe, and A. J. Shields  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 18790-18979 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.018790


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Abstract

We report the first gigahertz clocked decoy-protocol quantum key distribution (QKD). Record key rates have been achieved thanks to the use of self-differencing InGaAs avalanche photodiodes designed specifically for high speed single photon detection. The system is characterized with a secure key rate of 1.02 Mbit/s for a fiber distance of 20 km and 10.1 kbit/s for 100 km. As the present advance relies upon compact non-cryogenic detectors, it opens the door towards practical and low cost QKD systems to secure broadband communication in future.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 27, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2008
Published: October 30, 2008

Citation
A. R. Dixon, Z. L. Yuan, J. F. Dynes, A. W. Sharpe, and A. J. Shields, "Gigahertz decoy quantum key distribution with 1 Mbit/s secure key rate," Opt. Express 16, 18790-18979 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-23-18790


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