Optimal pair-generation rate for entanglement-based quantum key distribution

Catherine Holloway, JA Doucette, C Erven, JP Bourgoin, T Jennewein
in Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Journal article


In entanglement-based quantum key distribution (QKD), the generation and detection of multiphoton modes leads to a trade-off between entanglement visibility and twofold coincidence events when maximizing the secure key rate. We produce a predictive model for the optimal twofold coincidence probability per coincidence window given the channel efficiency and detector dark count rate of a given system. This model is experimentally validated and used in simulations for QKD with satellites as well as optical fibers. © 2013 American Physical Society.