We describe a Fabry–Perot-based spectral filter for free-space quantum key distribution (QKD). A multipass etalon filter was built, and its performance was studied. The whole filter setup was carefully optimized to add less than 2 dB attenuation to a signal beam but block stray light by 21 dB. Simulations show that such a filter might be sufficient to allow QKD satellite downlinks during daytime with the current technology.
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