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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2008
  • pp: 1096–1098

Effect of fiber-spinning profile on plug-and-play quantum-key distribution systems

Antonio Mecozzi, Cristian Antonelli, and Misha Brodsky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 10, pp. 1096-1098 (2008)

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The spin profile of a fiber is usually optimized to reduce transmission impairments caused by polarization-mode dispersion (PMD). In this paper, we show that fiber-optic-based plug-and-play quantum-key distribution systems using polarization modulation and fibers with a spin profile optimal for PMD may suffer from a large Faraday rotation induced by the geomagnetic field. We show that, for periodic spin patterns of small periods, the Faraday rotation is minimum when no spin is applied to the fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications
(270.5568) Quantum optics : Quantum cryptography

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 24, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2008
Published: May 13, 2008

Antonio Mecozzi, Cristian Antonelli, and Misha Brodsky, "Effect of fiber-spinning profile on plug-and-play quantum-key distribution systems," Opt. Lett. 33, 1096-1098 (2008)

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