Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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NanoQEY Quantum Key Distribution Satellite

Jun 16, 2015, 4:15 PM
CCIS L2-200 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-200

University of Alberta

Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) T3-2 Quantum Computation and Communication (DTP-DCMMP-DAMOPC) / Communication et calcul quantique (DPT-DPMCM-DPAMPC)


Christopher Pugh (University of Waterloo)


NanoQEY (Nano Quantum EncrYption satellite) is a demonstration satellite which will show the feasibility of implementing Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) between two ground stations on earth using a satellite trusted node approach. One of the main objectives of NanoQEY is to eliminate the necessity for a fine pointing system which will reduce cost and planning time for a satellite. The system will also be simplified from many models that have been proposed due to the smaller space and mass allowances. A few of the QKD satellites that have been proposed are also formatted in the downlink scenario, whereas NanoQEY will be implemented in an uplink scenario. Since the satellite is only used for photon collection and data processing, it is not necessary to have many of the complicated systems on board which would be required for a downlink. The main purpose of NanoQEY is to construct a payload which will be operational for a QKD demonstration and fit onto a nano-satellite in terms of mass and power budgets. However, because of the fine pointing simplification of the satellite, the ground stations will need to compensate for the lack of targeting on the satellite. These ground stations will have to have very fine pointing and tracking capabilities. We have undergone a study to determine the feasibility of a nano-satellite project to implement QKD for world-wide QKD demonstrations and the requirements on a ground station to achieve these goals.

Primary authors

Christopher Pugh (University of Waterloo) Cordell Grant (Space Flight Laboratory) Dr Thomas Jennewein (Institute for Quantum Computing/University of Waterloo)


Dr Brendon Higgins (Institute for Quantum Computing/University of Waterloo) Mr Houman Hakima (SFL) Dr Jean-Philippe Bourgoin (Institute for Quantum Computing/University of Waterloo)

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