Symmetric Blind Information Reconciliation for Quantum Key Distribution

by E O Kiktenko, A S Truschechkin, C C W Lim, Y V Kurochkin, A K Federov


Quantum key distribution (QKD) is a quantum-proof key-exchange scheme which is fast approaching the communication industry. An essential component in QKD is the information reconciliation step, which is used for correcting the quantum-channel noise errors. The recently suggested blind-reconciliation technique, based on low-density parity-check codes, offers remarkable prospectives for efficient information reconciliation without an a priori quantum bit error rate estimation. We suggest an improvement of the blind-information-reconciliation protocol promoting a significant increase in the efficiency of the procedure and reducing its interactivity. The proposed technique is based on introducing symmetry in operations of parties, and the consideration of results of unsuccessful belief-propagation decodings.

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Physical Review Applied 2017 March 8, 2018
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.8.044017