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Chin. Phys. B, 2016, Vol. 25(7): 070303    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/25/7/070303
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Intercept-resend attack on six-state quantum key distribution over collective-rotation noise channels

Kevin Garapo1, Mhlambululi Mafu2, Francesco Petruccione1,3
1 Centre for Quantum Technology, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, P/Bag X54001 Durban 4000, South Africa;
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, P/Bag 16, Palapye, Botswana;
3 National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Abstract  We investigate the effect of collective-rotation noise on the security of the six-state quantum key distribution. We study the case where the eavesdropper, Eve, performs an intercept-resend attack on the quantum communication between Alice, the sender, and Bob, the receiver. We first derive the collective-rotation noise model for the six-state protocol and then parameterize the mutual information between Alice and Eve. We then derive quantum bit error rate for three intercept-resend attack scenarios. We observe that the six-state protocol is robust against intercept-resend attacks on collective rotation noise channels when the rotation angle is kept within certain bounds.
Keywords:  six states      quantum key distribution      security      collective-rotation noise  
Received:  12 November 2015      Revised:  03 March 2016      Published:  05 July 2016
PACS:  03.67.Dd (Quantum cryptography and communication security)  
Fund: Project supported by the South African Research Chair Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation.
Corresponding Authors:  Kevin Garapo     E-mail:

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Kevin Garapo, Mhlambululi Mafu, Francesco Petruccione Intercept-resend attack on six-state quantum key distribution over collective-rotation noise channels 2016 Chin. Phys. B 25 070303

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