KIP publications

year 2023
author(s) Terhaar, R; Rödiger, J; Häußler, M; Wahl, M; Gehring, H; Wolff, M A; Beutel, F; Hartmann, W; Walter, N; Hanke, J; Hanne, P; Walenta, N; Diedrich, M; Perlot, N; Tillmann, M; Röhlicke, T; Ahangarianabhari, M; Schuck, C; Pernice, W H P
title Ultrafast quantum key distribution using fully parallelized quantum channels
KIP-Nummer HD-KIP 23-14
KIP-Gruppe(n) F31
document type Paper
source Optics Express 31, No. 2: 2675–2688
Abstract (en)

The field of quantum information processing offers secure communication protected by the laws of quantum mechanics and is on the verge of finding wider application for information transfer of sensitive data. To overcome the obstacle of inadequate cost-efficiency, extensive research is being done on the many components required for high data throughput using quantum key distribution (QKD). Aiming for an application-oriented solution, we report on the realization of a multichannel QKD system for plug-and-play high-bandwidth secure communication at telecom wavelength. For this purpose, a rack-sized multichannel superconducting nanowire single photon detector (SNSPD) system, as well as a highly parallelized time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) unit have been developed and linked to an FPGA-controlled QKD evaluation setup allowing for continuous operation and achieving high secret key rates using a coherent-one-way protocol.

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