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Secure Quantum Communication

Guest Editors:

Xiang-Bin Wang - Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Xiao-Long Hu - School of Physics, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

EPJ Quantum Technology is calling for submissions to our new topical collection on Secure Quantum Communication. Information security is an increasingly important topic. Based on principles of quantum mechanics, quantum communication can provide a method for two remote parties to share information-theoretic secure private key. As the mainstream of quantum communication research, quantum key distribution (QKD) can be implemented by existing mature technologies and give satisfactory key rates.

This topical collection focuses on theories and technologies of secure quantum communication. Its main goal is to bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of quantum communication. In this collection, we invite authors to submit original research or review articles on quantum communication theories, the practical security of quantum communication, and technologies in quantum communication systems. The editors are interested in articles which can help to improve the efficiency and the secure distance of practical quantum communication systems or to address security issues with imperfect devices in the real world.

Topics include, but are not limited to:  

  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum key distribution 
  • Practical security
  • Side channel security and attack 
  • Decoy-state method
  • Measurement-device-independent QKD 
  • Device-independent QKD
  • Quantum repeater
  • Quantum network
  • Quantum teleportation

Deadline: 31 December 2023

Please refer to the journal’s Submission Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, SNAPP. Upon submission please select the appropriate article type (i.e. Research, Review, Comment or Brief Report) and the special issue from the "Collection" drop-down menu under the "Details" tab.

The guest editors will oversee the editorial process. Accepted articles are published open access and automatically assigned to a volume and issue after the proofs are corrected. They will be accessible through the regular volume and issue, as well as collected online under their specific special issue tab.

  1. A satellite-constellation based global quantum network could allow secure quantum communication between remote users worldwide. Such a constellation could be formed of micro- or even nanosatellites, which have...

    Authors: Alexander V. Miller, Liubov V. Pismeniuk, Alexey V. Duplinsky, Vitaly E. Merzlinkin, Aleksandr A. Plukchi, Kseniia A. Tikhonova, Ivan S. Nesterov, Dmitry O. Sevryukov, Sergey D. Levashov, Vladimir V. Fetisov, Sergei V. Krasnopejev and Ruslan M. Bakhshaliev
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:52
  2. Entity authentication is crucial for ensuring secure quantum communication as it helps confirm the identity of participants before transmitting any confidential information. We propose a practical entity authe...

    Authors: Hojoong Park, Byung Kwon Park, Min Ki Woo, Min-Sung Kang, Ji-Woong Choi, Ju-Sung Kang, Yongjin Yeom and Sang-Wook Han
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:48
  3. Quantum key distribution (QKD) can provide information-theoretically secure keys for two parties of legitimate communication, and information reconciliation, as an indispensable component of QKD systems, can c...

    Authors: Shenshen Yang, Zhilei Yan, Hongzhao Yang, Qing Lu, Zhenguo Lu, Liuyong Cheng, Xiangyang Miao and Yongmin Li
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:40
  4. A quantum channel is a physical media able to carry quantum signals. Quantum key distribution (QKD) requires direct quantum channels between every pair of prepare-and-measure modules. This requirement heavily ...

    Authors: Hans H. Brunner, Chi-Hang Fred Fung, Momtchil Peev, Rubén B. Méndez, Laura Ortiz, Juan P. Brito, Vicente Martín, José M. Rivas-Moscoso, Felipe Jiménez, Antonio A. Pastor and Diego R. López
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:38
  5. Quantum authentication is a fundamental first step that ensures secure quantum communication. Although various quantum authentication methods have been proposed recently, their implementation efficiency is lim...

    Authors: Na-Hee Lim, Ji-Woong Choi, Min-Sung Kang, Hyung-Jin Yang and Sang-Wook Han
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:35
  6. Quantum key distribution (QKD) can help distant agents to share unconditional secret keys, and the achievable secret key rate can be enhanced with the help of decoy-state protocol. To implement QKD experimenta...

    Authors: Jun Teng, Shuang Wang, Zhen-Qiang Yin, Wei Chen, Guan-Jie Fan-Yuan, Guang-Can Guo and Zheng-Fu Han
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:33
  7. We present a source of states for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) based on a modular design exploiting the iPOGNAC, a stable, low-error, and calibration-free polarization modulation scheme, for both intensity a...

    Authors: Federico Berra, Costantino Agnesi, Andrea Stanco, Marco Avesani, Sebastiano Cocchi, Paolo Villoresi and Giuseppe Vallone
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:27
  8. Attacks that control single-photon detectors in quantum key distribution using tailored bright illumination are capable of eavesdropping the secret key. Here we report an automated testbench that checks the de...

    Authors: Polina Acheva, Konstantin Zaitsev, Vladimir Zavodilenko, Anton Losev, Anqi Huang and Vadim Makarov
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:22
  9. Continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) provides a theoretical unconditionally secure solution to distribute symmetric keys among users in a communication network. However, the practical devices ...

    Authors: Daniel Pereira, Margarida Almeida, Armando N. Pinto and Nuno A. Silva
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:20
  10. A theoretical scheme is proposed to generate significant amount of photon-phonon entanglement and asymmetric steering in a cavity magnomechanical system, which is constituted by trapping a yttrium iron garnet ...

    Authors: Tian-Ang Zheng, Ye Zheng, Lei Wang and Chang-Geng Liao
    Citation: EPJ Quantum Technology 2023 10:19