Intercept-resend attack on six-state quantum key distribution over collective-rotation noise channels

Kevin Garapo, Mhlambululi Mafu, Francesco Petruccione

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number070303
JournalChinese Physics B
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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