Quantum noise limited optical communication with low probability of detection

Boulat A. Bash, Saikat Guha, Dennis Goeckel, Don Towsley

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Abstract

We demonstrate the achievability of a square root limit on the amount of information transmitted reliably and with low probability of detection (LPD) over the single-mode lossy bosonic channel if either the eavesdropper's measurements or the channel itself is subject to the slightest amount of excess noise. Specifically, Alice can transmit O(√n) bits to Bob over n channel uses such that Bob's average codeword error probability is upper-bounded by an arbitrarily small δ > 0 while a passive eavesdropper, Warden Willie, who is assumed to be able to collect all the transmitted photons that do not reach Bob, has an average probability of detection error that is lower-bounded by 1/2 - ε for an arbitrarily small ε > 0. We analyze the thermal noise and pure loss channels. The square root law holds for the thermal noise channel even if Willie employs a quantum-optimal measurement, while Bob is equipped with a standard coherent detection receiver. We also show that LPD communication is not possible with coherent state transmission on the pure loss channel. However, this result assumes Willie to possess an ideal receiver that is not subject to excess noise. If Willie is restricted to a practical receiver with a non-zero dark current, the square root law is achievable on the pure loss channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013
Pages1715-1719
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 19 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Jul 7 2013Jul 12 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095

Other

Other2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period7/7/137/12/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics

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    Bash, B. A., Guha, S., Goeckel, D., & Towsley, D. (2013). Quantum noise limited optical communication with low probability of detection. In 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 (pp. 1715-1719). [6620520] (IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISIT.2013.6620520