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Polar Codes for Quantum Key Distribution



Anastase Nakassis


This paper addresses the performance of polar codes in the context of the quantum key distribution (QKD) protocol. It introduces the notion of an interactive polar decoder and studies its performance. The results demonstrate that the interactive decoder is efficient in the right environment and can be used to construct good classical polar codes efficiently
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -


frozen bits, polar codes, quantum key distribution (QKD), reconciliation.


Nakassis, A. (2017), Polar Codes for Quantum Key Distribution, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created December 14, 2017, Updated November 10, 2018