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Journal of Russian Laser Research

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 579–583 | Cite as

Free-space quantum-key distribution with polarization compensation

  • Guangyu Zhang
  • Siyu Song
  • Junlin Li
  • Wanying Wang
  • Chuan Wang
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Abstract

In the satellite-to-ground quantum-key distribution, the satellite motion changes the photon-polarization direction with respect to the ground constantly, and this must be compensated. We report here the experimental realization of a polarization-compensation scheme using a half-wave plate in free space that simulates a satellite-to-ground link based on a two-mirror model.

Keywords

quantum-key distribution polarization compensation free-space quantum communication 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guangyu Zhang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Siyu Song
    • 1
    • 2
  • Junlin Li
    • 1
  • Wanying Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chuan Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Nanosciences and Department of PhysicsTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and TechnologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of Applied ScienceHarbin University of Science and TechnologyHarbinChina
  4. 4.School of ScienceBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina

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