Lecture Notes in Physics

Applied Quantum Cryptography

Editors: Kollmitzer, Christian, Pivk, Mario (Eds.)

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  • Provides comprehensive coverage of data transmission security
  • Details specifics: real-life quantum cryptography
  • Combines basics, data processing and attack strategies
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Using the quantum properties of single photons to exchange binary keys between two partners for subsequent encryption of secret data is an absolutely novel technology. Only a few years ago quantum cryptography – or better: quantum key distribution – was the domain of basic research laboratories at universities. But during the last few years things changed. QKD left the laboratories and was picked up by more practical oriented teams that worked hard to develop a practically applicable technology out of the astonishing results of basic research.

One major milestone towards a QKD technology was a large research and development project funded by the European Commission that aimed at combining quantum physics with complementary technologies that are necessary to create a technical solution: electronics, software, and network components were added within the project SECOQC (Development of a Global Network for Secure Communication based on Quantum Cryptography) that teamed up all expertise on European level to get a technology for future encryption.

The practical application of QKD in a standard optical fibre network was demonstrated October 2008 in Vienna, giving a glimpse of the future of secure communication. Although many steps have still to be done in order to achieve a real mature technology, the corner stone for future secure communication is already laid.

QKD will not be the Holy Grail of security, it will not be able to solve all problems for evermore. But QKD has the potential to replace one of the weakest parts of symmetric encryption: the exchange of the key. It can be proven that the key exchange process cannot be corrupted and that keys that are generated and exchanged quantum cryptographically will be secure for ever (as long as some additional conditions are kept).

This book will show the state of the art of Quantum Cryptography and it will sketch how it can be implemented in standard communication infrastructure. The growing vulnerability of sensitive data requires new concepts and QKD will be a possible solution to overcome some of today’s limitations.

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“This book is an interesting collection of survey papers on QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) by ten authors. QKD is a new technology attracting a high level of attention today worldwide. This book can serve as a reference to understand the state of the art of QKD and how to implement it in standard communication infrastructure.” (Jon-Lark Kim, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 a)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Applied Quantum Cryptography
Editors
  • Christian Kollmitzer
  • Mario Pivk
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
797
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-04831-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-04831-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-04829-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26267-8
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 230
Number of Illustrations
75 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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