1 Mbps coherent one-way QKD with dense wavelength division multiplexing and hardware key distillation
We present the latest results obtained with a quantum cryptography prototype based on a coherent-one way quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme. To support its continuous high rate secret key generation we developed different low-noise single photon detectors for telecom wavelength based on a sine gating and low-pass-filtering technique, as well as a negative feedback APD in an active hold-off circuit. A newly developed hardware distillation engine allows for continuous operation of secret key distribution up to 1 Mbps. We also present results of our system in a DWDM (dense wavelength-division multiplexing) configuration where only one single fiber is needed to interconnect Alice’ and Bob’s systems. The final prototype is fully compatible to serve a high-speed encryption device developed in parallel which provides encrypted communication of up to 100 Gbps.