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Quantum cryptography used to encrypt telecoms networks
Cambridge researchers have come up with a way of protecting telecoms networks using quantum cryptography without the need for expensive dedicated optical fibre links.
The technique, developed by Toshiba's European research laboratory in Cambridge and engineers from Cambridge University, is a step towards perfect security for everything from credit card transactions to private health records.
Quantum cryptography relies on the rules of quantum theory to generate uncrackable codes that encrypt data in a way that reveals if it has been eavesdropped or tampered with.
Governments and the military are thought to be using the technology already, based on systems available from firms such as ID Quantique in Switzerland and US rival MagiQ.
Until now, the quantum keys to encode and decode the information had to be sent on single photons, or particles of light, across a dedicated optical fibre separate from the line carrying the data itself.
"The requirement of separate fibres has greatly restricted the applications of quantum cryptography in the past, as unused fibres are not always available for sending the single photons, and even when they are, can be prohibitively expensive," said Andrew Shields from Toshiba Research in Cambridge.
"Now we have shown that the single photon and data signals can be sent using different wavelengths on the same fibre."
The Toshiba system, outlined in research published in the journal Physical Review X, still requires an advanced detector that picks up the encryption key in a time window of just 100 millionths of a micro-second, at the expected arrival time of the single photons.
But the detector, which is able to filter out the 'noise' in the fibre caused by the data itself, avoids the cost of laying down dedicated optical fibre lines.
Previous work has managed to use quantum cryptography on shared optical fibres but only over very short distances, with low capacity rates, or with data moving only in one direction.
The researchers say their system can do it over 50km with data moving back and forth and an encryption capacity 50,000 times the record over the same distance.
Zhiliang Yuan, who worked on the research, said the team plan to carry out field tests on the system but he predicted it could be rolled out commercially within a few years.
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