On the Polarization Analysis of Optical Beams for Use in Quantum Communications between Earth and Space

  • Alberto Dall’Arche
  • Andrea Tomaello
  • Cristian Bonato
  • Paolo Villoresi
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Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 43)


In this work we will address the transformation of the polarization state of single photons during the transmission along a Space channel and the measures to correct them in order to accomplish Quantum Communication (QC) between Space and Earth.

An open issue in space scale QC is the preservation of polarization states by the telescope and all the involved moving optical components, as well as ensuring the alignment of the polarization basis between the orbiting sender and receiver on Earth. In the following, we will treat in detail this crucial aspect, by modelling the measurement of the polarization properties of the quantum channel, expressed by its Mueller matrix, in the experimental conditions of Ref. [12] with the addition of the control of the outbound state of the photons and the measure of the polarization state of the inbound beam.


Satellite quantum communication polarization analysis quantum key distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Dall’Arche
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Tomaello
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cristian Bonato
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Paolo Villoresi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.CNR-INFM LUXOR Laboratory for Ultraviolet and X-ray Optical ResearchPadovaItaly
  3. 3.Huygens LaboratoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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