An Overview of Geometrical Optics Restricted Quantum Key Distribution

Entropy (Basel). 2021 Jul 31;23(8):1003. doi: 10.3390/e23081003.

Abstract

Quantum key distribution (QKD) assures the theoretical information security from the physical layer by safely distributing true random numbers to the communication parties as secret keys while assuming an omnipotent eavesdropper (Eve). In recent years, with the growing applications of QKD in realistic channels such as satellite-based free-space communications, certain conditions such as the unlimited power collection ability of Eve become too strict for security analysis. Thus, in this invited paper, we give a brief overview of the quantum key distribution with a geometrical optics restricted power collection ability of Eve with its potential applications.

Keywords: free-space channel; quantum key distribution; satellite.

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  • Review