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Feasibility of QKD over FSO Link

Husagić-Selman, Alma and Al-Khateeb, Wajdi Fawzi Mohammed and Saharudin, Shuhairi (2012) Feasibility of QKD over FSO Link. In: International Conference on Computer and Communication Engineering (ICCCE 2012), 3-5 July 2012, Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

Due to the advancements in the field of quantum computing and possible compromise of existing key-exchange algorithms, it is essential to explore performance and efficiency of new key-exchange techniques, such as Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). QKD is possible over fiber cable and Free Space Optical (FSO) links. Fiber based QKD may be used if direct line of sight link is not possible, but it brings along many problems related to material properties of fiber cable and detector limitations. It is therefore more convenient to use free-space based QKD whenever physically possible. Furthermore, FSO links can be satellite-supported in order to generate worldwide distribution of quantum keys. The FSO however greatly depends on weather conditions and link length, thus it is very important to evaluate these effects on the size of quantum key. In this paper, simulation-based evaluation of FSO QKD is done given tropical weather conditions specific for Malaysia. The paper discusses how different factors, such as link distance, weather, beam intensity and transceivers setup, influence key size when BB84 QKD protocol is used. For each weather condition specific for Malaysia key size was obtained, and the percentage of the received key compared to the total generated key is calculated. The results show the size of the final encryption key after being transmitted over FSO channel influenced by various weather conditions, which implies that it is possible to use FSO based QKD in Malaysia successfully.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2099/29006
Uncontrolled Keywords: Free Space Optics, Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Key Length, Performance Analysis. Introduction (Heading 1)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics. Computer engineering. Computer hardware. Photoelectronic devices > TK7885 Computer engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Depositing User: Wajdi wfk Al-Khateeb
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 07:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2013 08:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29006

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