Practical quantum key distribution with polarization entangled photons

A Poppe*, A Fedrizzi, R Ursin, HR Bohm, T Lorunser, O Maurhardt, M Peev, M Suda, C Kurtsiefer, H Weinfurter, T Jennewein, A Zeilinger

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We present an entangled-state quantum cryptography system that operated for the first time in a real-world application scenario. The full key generation protocol was performed in real-time between two distributed embedded hardware devices, which were connected by 1.45 km of optical fiber, installed for this experiment in the Vienna sewage system. The generated quantum key was immediately handed over and used by a secure communication application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3865-3871
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2004




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