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Quantum Key Distribution

Abstract

The key management which is associated with the key generation, key distribution, key storage, and key updating has become an important issue in the private communication. This chapter introduces a novel approach of generating and distributing key-pair via quantum ways. The aim is to illustrate how to obtain secure keys via quantum key distribution (QKD) techniques. Four modules, i.e., the quantum coding, quantum transmission, eavesdropping detection and key distillation, of a QKD procedure are described. In addition, a security model for the QKD is established.

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