Secure quantum key distribution with a subset of malicious devices
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/2689
EDITED VERSION: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41534-020-00358-y
UNESCO SUBJECT: 3325 Tecnología de las Telecomunicaciones ; 2210.23 Teoría Cuántica ; 3311.04 Dispositivos Electroópticos
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
The malicious manipulation of quantum key distribution (QKD) hardware is a serious threat to its security, as, typically, neither end users nor QKD manufacturers can validate the integrity of every component of their QKD system in practice. One possible approach to re-establish the security of QKD is to use a redundant number of devices. Following this idea, we address various corruption models of the possibly malicious devices and show that, compared to the most conservative model of active and collaborative corrupted devices, natural assumptions allow to significantly enhance the secret key rate or considerably reduce the necessary resources. Furthermore, we show that, for most practical situations, the resulting finite-size secret key rate is similar to that of the standard scenario assuming trusted devices
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