[cryptography] This talk was held today, at UBC's TRIUMF research facility

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Wed Feb 22 19:56:19 EST 2012


Speaker: Prof. Thomas Jennewein (University of Waterloo, Institute for 
Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy) 

Title: Quantum Encryption and Quantum Science with Satellites 

Abstract: Space offers a very unique environment for quantum physics 
experiments at regimes for distance and velocity not possible on ground. 
In the recent years there have been a range of theoretical and 
experimental studies towards the feasibility of performing quantum 
physics and quantum information science experiments in space. 

The most advanced quantum application is quantum cryptography, or more 
correctly known as quantum key distribution (QKD) [Scarani et al., 
Rev.Mod.Phys, 2009]. Thereby, the transmission of individual photons 
between two distant users, called Alice and Bob, allows them to create a 
highly secure key. Its security stems from the simple fact that the 
information stored in individual photons, such as its polarization, 
cannot be fully determined due to Heisenberg's uncertainty relation. 
Currently, such quantum cryptography systems can reach distances on the 
order of 200 kilometers [Waks et al, Phys.Rev.A,2002], limited by the 
performance of current optical fibres and single-photon-detectors. One 
clear solution for achieving global distances is to bring these quantum 
systems into space onto satellites. In addition, quantum satellites in 
Earth's orbit, and possibly even beyond that, are able to test the 
validity of quantum physics and entanglement on huge length scales and 
even give insights into the interplay of quantum physics and relativity. 

I will present the objectives and goals of the proposed QEYSSAT mission, 
which can accomplish the experimental demonstrations of these concepts 
with existing technology on a small-scale satellite. The planned 
quantum experiments and their requirements will be shown. 



Stimulants available 15 minutes before the talk. 

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