Airborne demonstration of a quantum key distribution receiver payload

  title={Airborne demonstration of a quantum key distribution receiver payload},
  author={Christopher J. Pugh and Sarah Kaiser and Jean-Philippe Bourgoin and Jeongwan Jin and Nigar Sultana and Sascha Agne and Elena Anisimova and Vadim Makarov and Eric Choi and Brendon Higgins and Thomas Jennewein},
  journal={2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe \& European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC)},
  • C. J. Pugh, Sarah Kaiser, +8 authors T. Jennewein
  • Published 19 December 2016
  • Computer Science, Physics
  • 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC)
Demonstrations of quantum key distribution (QKD) [1] with moving platforms are important to prove the viability of future satellite implementations. Thus far these demonstrations of QKD to aircraft have operated exclusively in the downlink configuration [2, 3], where the quantum source and transmitter are placed on the airborne platform. While this approach has the potential for higher key rates, it is more complex and is not as flexible as an uplink configuration, which places the quantum… Expand
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