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Quantum Cryptography Approaching the Classical Limit

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JournalPhysical Review Letters
DatePublished - 8 Sep 2010
Issue number11
Volume105
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We consider the security of continuous-variable quantum cryptography as we approach the classical limit, i.e., when the unknown preparation noise at the sender's station becomes significantly noisy or thermal (even by as much as 10000 times greater than the variance of the vacuum mode). We show that, provided the channel transmission losses do not exceed 50%, the security of quantum cryptography is not dependent on the channel transmission, and is therefore incredibly robust against significant amounts of excess preparation noise. We extend these results to consider for the first time quantum cryptography at wavelengths considerably longer than optical and find that regions of security still exist all the way down to the microwave.

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  • KEY DISTRIBUTION, CONTINUOUS-VARIABLES, COHERENT STATES, COMMUNICATION, Classical limits

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