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Best method of Error Correction in Quantum Key Distribution

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As far as I can tell, almost all implementations of QKD use Brassard and Salvail's CASCADE algorithm for error correction. Is this really the best known method of correcting errors in a shared sequence of random qubits, or is there a better proposition that implementations of QKD should be using instead?

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asked Apr 18, 2012 in Theoretical Physics by Catherine Holloway (65 points) [ no revision ]
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Actually, there is a lot going on in the research of better and faster error correction codes for QKD. The biggest bottleneck of the CASCADE protocol is that it requires a lot of classical communication between Alice and Bob.

A lot of work has been done on LDPC codes. You can have a look to the following papers:

-Efficient reconciliation protocol for discrete-variable quantum key distribution (arXiv:0901.2140v1)

-Rate Compatible Protocol for Information Reconciliation: An application to QKD (arXiv:1006.2660v1).

Moreover, I suggest to look at the slides at https://sqt.ait.ac.at/software/projects/hipanq/wiki/Schedule where there are many talks about error correction in QKD.

Finally, regarding the applications, I would like to point out that the demostration that has been done in Tokyo was also implemented using LDPC codes (see arXiv:1103.3566v1 on page 13 for a reference).

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answered Apr 19, 2012 by Silvio Abruzzo (70 points) [ no revision ]

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