Effective privacy amplification for secure classical communications

T. Horvth*, L. B. Kish, J. Scheuer

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We study the practical effectiveness of privacy amplification for classical key distribution schemes. We find that in contrast to quantum key distribution schemes, the high fidelity of the raw key generated in classical systems allow the users to always sift a secure shorter key if they have an upper bound on the eavesdropper probability to correctly guess the exchanged key bits. The number of privacy amplification iterations needed to achieve information leak of 10-8 in existing classical communicators is 2 or 3 resulting in a corresponding slowdown 4 to 8. We analyze the inherent tradeoff between the number of iterations and the security of the raw key. This property which is unique to classical key distribution systems render them highly useful for practical, especially for noisy channels where sufficiently low quantum bit error ratios are difficult to achieve.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28002
JournalJournal de Physique (Paris), Lettres
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


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