We review the status of interferometry-based quantum cryptography and compare photon-pair and faint-pulse schemes. The key technical limitations in both cases are the propagation losses and detector performance. We also discuss a simple approach to generating the random measurement bases used in quantum cryptography systems which exploits random partition at a beam splitter. This removes the need for active components in the receiver, reducing system complexity and losses.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Modern Optics|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1994|