In-field demonstrations in real-world scenarios boost the development of a rising technology towards its integration in existing infrastructures. Although quantum key distribution (QKD) devices are already adopted outside the laboratories, current field implementations still suffer from high costs and low performances, preventing this emerging technology from a large-scale deployment in telecommunication networks. Here we present a simple, practical and efficient QKD scheme with finite-key analysis, performed over a 21 dB-losses fiber link installed in the metropolitan area of Florence (Italy). Coexistence of quantum and weak classical communication is also demonstrated by transmitting an optical synchronization signal through the same fiber link.

Field trial of a three-state quantum key distribution scheme in the Florence metropolitan area / Bacco, Davide; Vagniluca, Ilaria; Da Lio, Beatrice; Biagi, Nicola; Della Frera, Adriano; Calonico, Davide; Toninelli, Costanza; Cataliotti, Francesco S.; Bellini, Marco; Oxenløwe, Leif K.; Zavatta, Alessandro. - In: EPJ QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 2196-0763. - 6:1(2019). [10.1140/epjqt/s40507-019-0075-x]

Field trial of a three-state quantum key distribution scheme in the Florence metropolitan area

Calonico, Davide;
2019

Abstract

In-field demonstrations in real-world scenarios boost the development of a rising technology towards its integration in existing infrastructures. Although quantum key distribution (QKD) devices are already adopted outside the laboratories, current field implementations still suffer from high costs and low performances, preventing this emerging technology from a large-scale deployment in telecommunication networks. Here we present a simple, practical and efficient QKD scheme with finite-key analysis, performed over a 21 dB-losses fiber link installed in the metropolitan area of Florence (Italy). Coexistence of quantum and weak classical communication is also demonstrated by transmitting an optical synchronization signal through the same fiber link.
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