A Modeling Framework for Studying Quantum Key Distribution System Implementation Nonidealities

Logan O. Mailloux, Jeffrey Morris, Michael R. Grimaila, Douglas D. Hodson, David R. Jacques, John M. Colombi, Colin V. McLaughlin, Jennifer A. Holes

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Abstract

Quantum key distribution (QKD) is an innovative technology that exploits the laws of quantum mechanics to generate and distribute unconditionally secure shared key for use in cryptographic applications. However, QKD is a relatively nascent technology where real-world system implementations differ significantly from their ideal theoretical representations. In this paper, we introduce a modeling framework built upon the OMNeT++ discrete event simulation framework to study the impact of implementation nonidealities on QKD system performance and security. Specifically, we demonstrate the capability to study the device imperfections and practical engineering limitations through the modeling and simulation of a polarization-based, prepare and measure BB84 QKD reference architecture. The reference architecture allows users to model and study complex interactions between physical phenomenon and system-level behaviors representative of real-world design and implementation tradeoffs. Our results demonstrate the flexibility of the framework to simulate and evaluate current, future, and notional QKD protocols and components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7031852
Pages (from-to)110-130
Number of pages21
JournalIEEE Access
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Quantum cryptography
Quantum theory
Discrete event simulation
Polarization
Defects

Keywords

  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • System Performance
  • System Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Mailloux, L. O., Morris, J., Grimaila, M. R., Hodson, D. D., Jacques, D. R., Colombi, J. M., ... Holes, J. A. (2015). A Modeling Framework for Studying Quantum Key Distribution System Implementation Nonidealities. IEEE Access, 3, 110-130. [7031852]. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2015.2399101

A Modeling Framework for Studying Quantum Key Distribution System Implementation Nonidealities. / Mailloux, Logan O.; Morris, Jeffrey; Grimaila, Michael R.; Hodson, Douglas D.; Jacques, David R.; Colombi, John M.; McLaughlin, Colin V.; Holes, Jennifer A.

In: IEEE Access, Vol. 3, 7031852, 01.01.2015, p. 110-130.

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Mailloux, LO, Morris, J, Grimaila, MR, Hodson, DD, Jacques, DR, Colombi, JM, McLaughlin, CV & Holes, JA 2015, 'A Modeling Framework for Studying Quantum Key Distribution System Implementation Nonidealities', IEEE Access, vol. 3, 7031852, pp. 110-130. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2015.2399101
Mailloux, Logan O. ; Morris, Jeffrey ; Grimaila, Michael R. ; Hodson, Douglas D. ; Jacques, David R. ; Colombi, John M. ; McLaughlin, Colin V. ; Holes, Jennifer A. / A Modeling Framework for Studying Quantum Key Distribution System Implementation Nonidealities. In: IEEE Access. 2015 ; Vol. 3. pp. 110-130.
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