A Survey of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technologies

Jeffrey D. Morris, Michael R. Grimaila, Douglas D. Hodson, David Jacques, Gerald Baumgartner

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

8 Scopus citations


Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a revolutionary security technology that exploits the laws of quantum mechanics to achieve information-theoretic secure key exchange. QKD enables two parties to "grow" a shared secret key without placing any limits on an adversary's computational power. QKD is unique because it exploits the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics to detect the presence of any third-party eavesdropping on the key exchange. In this chapter, we present a historical survey of the development of QKD systems and their system architectures, identify commercially available QKD system solutions, discuss emerging trends in the research of future QKD technologies, and present a use case that demonstrates the utility of QKD technology in a real-world military scenario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Trends in ICT Security
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780124114746
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cryptography
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Security
  • System architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'A Survey of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technologies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this