Unconditionally Secure Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution With Only Two Devices

Device-independent quantum key distribution is the task of using uncharacterized quantum devices to establish a shared key between two users. If a protocol is secure regardless of the device behaviour, it can be used to generate a shared key even if the supplier of the devices is malicious. To date, all device-independent quantum key distribution protocols that are known to be secure require separate isolated devices for each entangled pair, which is a significant practical limitation. The authors introduce a protocol that requires Alice and Bob to have only one device each. Although inefficient, their protocol is unconditionally secure against an adversarial supplier limited only by locally enforced signalling constraints.

Provided by: University of California, Santa Cruz Topic: Security Date Added: Oct 2012 Format: PDF

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