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Novel protocol for Quantum Key Distribution

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0080
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T21-0198
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT21
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-01-31
Small Business Information
1341 South Sunkist Street
Anaheim, CA 92806
United States
DUNS: 801256199
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Senior Scientist
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn Glenn
Title: President
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 Donna L Beyea
518 Hylan Building P. O. Box 270140
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

 (585) 275-8036
 Nonprofit College or University

The proposed effort develops the understanding required to assess the utility of using OAM states and quantum entanglement as a novel protocol for quantum key distribution for propagation through an aberrating medium such as the atmosphere. In addition a conceptual design of an experiment that is appropriate to further the development of this capability will be developed on the proposed Phase I effort with the intent that it will form the basis of the subsequent Phase II effort. In this regard significant progress has been made. A protocol has been developed using minimum energy loss vortex fields that is capable of increasing the BB84 bandwidth by almost a factor of two over very long propagation paths (on the order of a megameter) with moderate sized optics. BENEFIT: This work will significantly advance the state-of-art in secure laser communication by using entangled OAM states. Analysis results presented in this proposal do not include the impact of entanglement yet but illustrate that the bandwidth of the communication channel can be almost doubled compared to that obtained with the BB84 protocol when smaller optics are used. For similar sized optics the new protocol provides more than a factor of three larger bandwidth. Given this level of performance both commercial and military optical communication links should benefit greatly. In particular this work ensures that ground-to-space or space-to-ground links will be a reality.

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