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The information of high-dimensional time-bin encoded photons

By Thomas Brougham, Christoph F. Wildfeuer, Stephen M. Barnett and Daniel J. Gauthier


High-dimensional entanglement is an important physical resource for quantum communication. A basic issue for any communication scheme is how many shared bits two parties can extract subject to experimental noise. We determine the shared information that can be extracted from time-bin entangled photons using frame encoding. We consider photons generated by a general down-conversion source and also model losses, dark counts and the effects of multiple photons within each frame. Furthermore, we describe a procedure for including other imperfections such as after-pulsing, detector dead-times and jitter. The results are illustrated by deriving analytic expressions for the maximum information that can be extracted from high-dimensional time-bin entangled photons generated by down conversion. A key finding is that under realistic conditions and using standard SPAD detectors one can still choose the frame size so as to extract over 10 bits per photon. These results are thus useful for experiments on high-dimensional quantum-key distribution systems, but are not limited to such systems. For example, the results are also useful for determining the limits of fibre arrays or within time-multiplexing schemes

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2016
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Provided by: Enlighten

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