Physical-Layer Security Over Correlated Erasure Channels

Date Added: Feb 2011
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This paper explores the additional security obtained by noise at the physical layer in a wiretap channel model setting. Security enhancements at the physical layer have been proposed recently using a secrecy metric based on the degrees of freedom that an attacker has with respect to the sent ciphertext. Prior work focused on cases in which the wiretap channel could be modeled as statistically independent packet erasure channels for the legitimate receiver and an eavesdropper. In this paper, the authors go beyond the state-of-the-art by addressing correlated erasure events across the two communication channels.