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Emerging Trends in ICT Security by Hamid R Arabnia, Babak Akhgar

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Chapter 9

A Survey of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technologies

Jeffrey D. Morris1, Michael R. Grimaila1, Douglas D. Hodson1, David Jacques1 and Gerald Baumgartner2,    1United States Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA,    2Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, College Park, MD, USA

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a revolutionary security technology that exploits the laws of quantum mechanics to achieve information-theoretic secure key exchange. QKD enables two parties to “grow” a shared secret key without placing any limits on an adversary’s computational power. QKD is unique because it exploits the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics to detect the presence of any third-party eavesdropping on the key ...

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