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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17869–17893

Information-theoretic secure key distribution based on common random-signal induced synchronization in unidirectionally-coupled cascades of semiconductor lasers

Hayato Koizumi, Shinichiro Morikatsu, Hiroki Aida, Takahiro Nozawa, Izumi Kakesu, Atsushi Uchida, Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Jun Muramatsu, and Peter Davis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17869-17893 (2013)

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It has been proposed that a secure key distribution scheme using correlated random bit sequences can be implemented using common random-signal induced synchronization of semiconductor laser systems. In this scheme it is necessary to use laser systems consisting of multiple cascaded lasers to be secure against a powerful eavesdropper. In this paper, we report the results of an experimental study that demonstrate that the common random-signal induced synchronization is possible in cascaded semiconductor laser systems. We also show that the correlated random bit sequences generated in the synchronized cascaded laser systems can be used to create an information-theoretically secure key between two legitimate users.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos

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Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2013
Published: July 18, 2013

Hayato Koizumi, Shinichiro Morikatsu, Hiroki Aida, Takahiro Nozawa, Izumi Kakesu, Atsushi Uchida, Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Jun Muramatsu, and Peter Davis, "Information-theoretic secure key distribution based on common random-signal induced synchronization in unidirectionally-coupled cascades of semiconductor lasers," Opt. Express 21, 17869-17893 (2013)

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