Simple scheme to implement decoy-state reference-frame-independent quantum key distribution

  • Chunmei Zhang
  • Jianrong Zhu
  • Qin Wang
Regular Article


We propose a simple scheme to implement decoy-state reference-frame-independent quantum key distribution (RFI-QKD), where signal states are prepared in Z, X, and Y bases, decoy states are prepared in X and Y bases, and vacuum states are set to no bases. Different from the original decoy-state RFI-QKD scheme whose decoy states are prepared in Z, X and Y bases, in our scheme decoy states are only prepared in X and Y bases, which avoids the redundancy of decoy states in Z basis, saves the random number consumption, simplifies the encoding device of practical RFI-QKD systems, and makes the most of the finite pulses in a short time. Numerical simulations show that, considering the finite size effect with reasonable number of pulses in practical scenarios, our simple decoy-state RFI-QKD scheme exhibits at least comparable or even better performance than that of the original decoy-state RFI-QKD scheme. Especially, in terms of the resistance to the relative rotation of reference frames, our proposed scheme behaves much better than the original scheme, which has great potential to be adopted in current QKD systems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Quantum Information and Technology, Nanjing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsNanjingP.R. China
  2. 2.Key Lab of Broadband Wireless Communication and Sensor Network Technology, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of EducationNanjingP.R. China

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