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Polar codes in a QKD Environment



Anastase Nakassis, Alan Mink


Polar coding is the most recent encoding scheme in the quest for error correction codes that approaches the Shannon limit, has a simple structure, and admits fast decoders. As such, it is an interesting candidate for the quantum key distribution (QKD) protocol that normally operates at high bit error rates and requires codes that operate near the Shannon limit. This paper describes approaches that integrate Polar codes into the QKD environment and provides performance results of polar code designs within the QKD protocol.
Proceedings Title
SPIE Defense and Security Symposium
Conference Dates
May 5-9, 2014
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD


Quantum key distribution, QKD reconciliation, Entropy, Polar codes


Nakassis, A. and Mink, A. (2014), Polar codes in a QKD Environment, SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, Baltimore, MD, [online], (Accessed May 29, 2024)


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Created May 22, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018