A comprehensive design and performance analysis of low Earth orbit satellite quantum communication

@article{Bourgoin2013ACD,
  title={A comprehensive design and performance analysis of low Earth orbit satellite quantum communication},
  author={Jean-Philippe Bourgoin and Evan Meyer-Scott and Brendon Higgins and Bassam Helou and Chris Erven and Hannes Huebel and B. Kumar and Danya Hudson and Ian D'Souza and Ralph Girard and Raymond Laflamme and Thomas Jennewein},
  journal={New Journal of Physics},
  year={2013},
  volume={15}
}
Optical quantum communication utilizing satellite platforms has the potential to extend the reach of quantum key distribution (QKD) from terrestrial limits of ∼200 km to global scales. We have developed a thorough numerical simulation using realistic simulated orbits and incorporating the effects of pointing error, diffraction, atmosphere and telescope design, to obtain estimates of the loss and background noise which a satellite-based system would experience. Combining with quantum optics… 

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