Quantum key distribution at 1550 nm with twin superconducting single-photon detectors

Hadfield, R.H. , Habif, J.L., Schlafer, J., Schwall, R.E. and Nam, S.W. (2006) Quantum key distribution at 1550 nm with twin superconducting single-photon detectors. Applied Physics Letters, 89(24), p. 241129. (doi:10.1063/1.2405870)

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Abstract

The authors report on the full implementation of a superconducting detector technology in a fiber-based quantum key distribution (QKD) link. Nanowire-based superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs) offer infrared single-photon detection with low dark counts, low jitter, and short recovery times. These detectors are highly promising candidates for future high key rate QKD links operating at 1550 nm. The authors use twin SSPDs to perform the BB84 protocol in a 1550 nm fiber-based QKD link clocked at 3.3 MHz. They exchange secure key over a distance of 42.5 km in telecom fiber and demonstrate that secure key can be transmitted over a total link loss exceeding 12 dB.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hadfield, Professor Robert
Authors: Hadfield, R.H., Habif, J.L., Schlafer, J., Schwall, R.E., and Nam, S.W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Applied Physics Letters
ISSN:0003-6951
Published Online:15 December 2006

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