A satellite-based quantum key distribution using decoy-state protocol

Document Type : Original Article


1 Military Technical College, Department of Communication Engineering, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Ministry of Defence, Cairo, Egypt.



An ideal QKD implementation that provides the promising unconditional security using single photon laser source is not practically easy, also sending these photons over a fiber channel affects the maximum distance of link up to few hundreds of kilometers because of the receiver’s detectors losses. Therefore, the achievement of a global quantum network is not easy, and the need to use LEO satellites [1,2] for establishing quantum links makes the job easier as quantum free space link provides much less losses to the link than fiber links. Nowadays, a quantum communication link can be established by satellites through free space. in this paper, we propose an implementation [3] of a satellite-based quantum key distribution using decoy-state protocol [4], we then compare this protocol with the BB-84 protocol [3] against security and the key length of the generated shared key.

Volume 19, Issue 19
The 19th International Conference on Aerospace Sciences & Aviation Technology (ASAT-19 2021) 6th-8th April 2021
April 2021
Pages 1-10