The Fourth Annual Canadian Quantum Information Students' Conference
Current physical implementations of quantum key distribution (QKD) require communicating parties to be close together. We will explore methods for allowing parties separated by long distances to communicate by combining many QKD links in a network and discuss the resulting security properties.
Previous experiments on the production of entangled photon pairs directly in optical fiber via four-wave mixing (FWM) have used a single pump laser and produced signal and idler photons with similar wavelengths. We will present the first results of our investigation into the production of widely separated entangled photon pairs via FWM in optical fiber using multiple pump lasers also at widely separated wavelengths. This source will have important applications in quantum cryptography and computation.
Many authors have proposed what are known as "phase-space" or "classical" representations of quantum mechanics. A unifying framework is given which illustrates the relationship among these various theories. Examples relevant to quantum computing will be given.
The one-way measurement model is a model of quantum computation which is intriguing for its' potential as a means of implementing quantum computers, but also for theoretical purposes for the different way in which it allows quantum operations to be described. Instead of a sequence of unitary gates on an array of ``wires'', operations are described in terms of emph{patterns}, consisting of a graph of entanglement relations on a set of qubits, together with a collection of measurement angles for these qubits (except possibly for a subset which will support a final quantum state).
In this presentation I will briefly explain the cluster state model of quantum computing. Then will talk about a scheme that uses polarization and time-bin degrees of freedom of photons in optical fibres for the optical realization of this model. We are currently working on the implementation of this scheme in our lab.
Quantum coin tossing is a cryptographic task in which two parties, Alice and Bob, wish to generate a shared random bit but do not necessarily trust each other. This task is completely impossible to realize with classical asynchronous communication but becomes at least partially feasible when quantum communication is also available. The best quantum protocol known so far, due to Ambainis, uses qutrits and is near optimal in the sense that either party can bias the outcome with at most a 75% probability of success.
The notion of weak-degradability of quantum channels is introduced by generalizing the degradability definition given by Devetak and Shor. Exploiting the unitary equivalence with beam-splitter/amplifier channels we then prove that a large class of one-mode Bosonic Gaussian channels are either weakly degradable or anti-degradable. In the latter case this implies that their quantum capacity Q is null.