Scalable high-rate, high-dimensional time-bin encoding quantum key distribution

TitleScalable high-rate, high-dimensional time-bin encoding quantum key distribution
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsNT Islam, CCW Lim, C Cahall, B Qi, J Kim, and DJ Gauthier
JournalQuantum Science and Technology
Date Published06/2019

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a new scheme for measuring high-dimensional phase states using a two-photon interference technique, which we refer to as quantum-controlled measurement. Using this scheme, we implement a d-dimensional time-phase quantum key distribution (QKD) system and achieve secret key rates of 5.26 and 8.65 Mbps using d = 2 and d = 8 quantum states, respectively, for a 4 dB channel loss, illustrating that high-dimensional time-phase QKD protocols are advantageous for low-loss quantum channels. This work paves the way for practical high-dimensional QKD protocols for metropolitan-scale systems. Furthermore, our results apply equally well for other high-dimensional protocols, such as those using the spatial degree-of-freedom with orbital angular momentum states being one example.

Short TitleQuantum Science and Technology