Nanosatellite experiments to enable future space-based QKD missions

Bedington, Robert and Bai, Xueliang and Truong-Cao, Edward and Tan, Yue Chuan and Durak, Kadir and Villar Zafra, Aitor and Grieve, James A and Oi, Daniel KL and Ling, Alexander (2016) Nanosatellite experiments to enable future space-based QKD missions. EPJ Quantum Technology, 3. 12. ISSN 2196-0763

[thumbnail of Bedington-etal-EPJQT2016-Nanosatellite-experiments-to-enable-futre-space-based-QKD-missions]
Text (Bedington-etal-EPJQT2016-Nanosatellite-experiments-to-enable-futre-space-based-QKD-missions)
Final Published Version
License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 logo

Download (1MB)| Preview


    We present a programme for establishing the space worthiness of highly-miniaturised, polarisation-entangled, photon pair sources using CubeSat nanosatellites. Once demonstrated, the photon pair sources can be deployed on more advanced satellites that are equipped with optical links to establish a global space-based quantum key distribution network. In doing so, this work will also bring experimental tests of the overlap between quantum and relativistic regimes closer to realisation.

    ORCID iDs

    Bedington, Robert, Bai, Xueliang, Truong-Cao, Edward, Tan, Yue Chuan, Durak, Kadir, Villar Zafra, Aitor, Grieve, James A, Oi, Daniel KL ORCID logoORCID: and Ling, Alexander;