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QUANTUM ENABLED SECURITY FOR OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS

United States Patent Application

20140098955
A1
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The present invention provides a quantum-enabled security (QES) protocol which creates a revolutionary new cybersecurity capability: quantum (single-photon) communications are integrated with optical communications to provide a strong, innate security foundation at the photonic layer for optical fiber networks or free-space optical communications. The new protocols will also allow the formation of ad hoc coalitions of users in order to deliver quantum-enabled security users between users who may not have direct quantum communications.
Hughes, Richard John (Los Alamos, NM), Peterson, Charles Glen (Los Alamos, NM), Nordholt, Jane Elizabeth (Los Alamos, NM), Newell, Raymond Thorson (Santa Fe, NM)
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC (Los Alamos NM)
12/ 638,730
December 15, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.