Nanobob: A cubesat mission concept for quantum communication experiments in an uplink configuration

Erik Kerstel, Guillaume Bourdarot, Etienne Lecoarer, Mathieu Barthelemy, Arnaud Gardelein, Sebastien Tanzilli, Matthias Fink, Siddarth Koduru Joshi, Rupert Ursin

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Abstract

We present a ground-to-space quantum key distribution (QKD) mission concept and the accompanying feasibility study for the development of the low earth orbit CubeSat payload. The quantum information is carried by single photons with the binary codes represented by polarization states of the photons. Distribution of entangled photons between the ground and the satellite can be used to certify the quantum nature of the link: a guarantee that no eavesdropping can take place. The versatile space segment is compatible with a multiple of QKD protocols, as well as quantum physics experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2018
EditorsZoran Sodnik, Nikos Karafolas, Bruno Cugny
PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISBN (Electronic)9781510630772
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2018 - Chania, Greece
Duration: 9 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume11180
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2018
CountryGreece
CityChania
Period9/10/1812/10/18

Keywords

  • Cryptography
  • CubeSat
  • Entanglement
  • Nanosatellite
  • Network
  • QKD
  • Quantum
  • Uplink

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