Review abstract

Nature Photonics 1, 165 - 171 (2007)

Subject Categories: Quantum optics | Fibre optics and optical communications

Quantum communication

Nicolas Gisin1 & Rob Thew1

Quantum communication, and indeed quantum information in general, has changed the way we think about quantum physics. In 1984 and 1991, the first protocol for quantum cryptography and the first application of quantum non-locality, respectively, attracted interest from a diverse field of researchers in theoretical and experimental physics, mathematics and computer science. Since then we have seen a fundamental shift in how we understand information when it is encoded in quantum systems. We review the current state of research and future directions in this field of science with special emphasis on quantum key distribution and quantum networks.

  1. Group of Applied Physics, University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.

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