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Document history: During the first year of the SECOQC project [1], Philippe Grangier initiated an internal debate regarding the " comparative advantages " of quantum key distribution (QKD). A first written contribution to this debate, by Philippe Grangier, Louis Salvail, Nicolas Gisin and Thierry Debuisschert [2], was then made available to all SECOQC(More)
We propose a method for extracting an errorless secret key in a continuous-variable quantum key distribution protocol, which is based on Gaussian modulation of coherent states and homodyne detection. The crucial feature is an eight-dimensional reconciliation method, based on the algebraic properties of octonions. Since the protocol does not use any(More)
—Reconciliation is an essential part of any secret-key agreement protocol and hence of a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) protocol, where two legitimate parties are given correlated data and want to agree on a common string in the presence of an adversary, while revealing a minimum amount of information. In this paper, we show that for discrete-variable QKD(More)
A Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) network is an infrastructure capable of performing long-distance and high-rate secret key agreement with information-theoretic security. In this paper we study security properties of QKD networks based on trusted repeater nodes. Such networks can already be deployed, based on current technology. We present an example of a(More)
A point-to-point quantum key distribution (QKD) system takes advantage of the laws of quantum physics to establish secret keys between two communicating parties. Compared to the classical methods, such as public-key infrastructures, QKD offers unconditional security, which makes it attractive for very high security applications. However, this unprecedent(More)
Document history: During the first year of the SECOQC project [1], Philippe Grangier initiated an internal debate regarding the " comparative advantages " of quantum key distribution (QKD). A first written contribution to this debate, by Philippe Grangier, Louis Salvail, Nicolas Gisin and Thierry Debuisschert [2], was then made available to all SECOQC(More)
— Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is an alternative key distribution technique that, unlike the classical approaches, can provide unconditionally secure keys for data communications over public communication networks. The European projet Sec-oqc (Secure Communication based on Quantum Cryptography) aims at developing a global network for unconditionally(More)
—We discuss the ongoing worldwide activity to develop forward looking standards for quantum key distribution (QKD) in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) QKD industry specification group (ISG). The long term goal is to develop a certification methodology that bridges the gap between theoretical proofs and practical implementations(More)
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