Abstract

Free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) is attractive for the establishment of future global-scale quantum networks. However, it can be quite difficult for dynamic polarization control required in continuous-variable QKD systems to work properly in the presence of channel fading. Here we propose a dynamic polarization control scheme and verify its validity via simulations and an experiment performed over a 150 m free-space channel. The results indicate the capability of the scheme to effectively control the states of polarization for free-space continuous-variable quantum communication.

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