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Practical Imperfections Affecting the Performance of CV-QKD Based on Coherent Detection

Silva, N. A. ; Pereira, D. ; Muga, N. J. ; Pinto, A. N.

Practical Imperfections Affecting the Performance of CV-QKD Based on Coherent Detection, Proc International Conf. on Transparent Optical Networks - ICTON, Bari, Italy, Vol. , pp. 1 - 4, July, 2020.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/ICTON51198.2020.9203349

Abstract
Continuous variable-quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) based on coherent detection has potential to be a cost effective solution to deploy secure keys over optical networks. This is due to its compatibility with mature optical communication technologies, such as homodyne and heterodyne detection schemes. Nevertheless, realistic implementations of CV-QKD systems suffer from imperfections in the practical devices used to generate and detect the coherent states. Those imperfections deteriorate the performance of the CV-QKD system and can be exploited by an eavesdropper to steal key information without being detected. In this work, we discuss the impact of practical device imperfections on the excess noise of the CV-QKD and on the achievable transmission distance. We also analyze the impact of detection imperfections on the measurement of the shot noise, and its impact on CV-QKD system security.