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Tuesday, February 2 • 09:00 - 09:20
Space Assets in the Age of Fiber-based Quantum Security

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Satellites can play an important role in the new security paradigm that involves encryption-key distribution using quantum mechanical techniques. Although, most information and security keys travel over fiber networks, an indispensable role for satellite-based "key-exchange" nodes will become a necessity for connecting networks on national, continental and global scales. At the moment, due to timely investment, Canada is a leader in exploring this technology, and stands to become a market leader for this technology. The current fiber networks, protected by quantum key distribution (QKD) techniques, face a fundamental limitation in range over which keys can be exchanged due to attenuation losses in fiber. This paper describes a Low Earth Orbit asset, which can provide a means of interconnecting fiber networks, over global distances, by supplying provably secure encryption keys, which are guaranteed to be copy-proof, and eavesdropper-proof. The orbiting asset must be capable of single-photon exchange between space and ground.


Moderators
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André Dupuis

President, SSCL

Speakers
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Ian D'Souza

Mission Scientist, COM DEV Ltd
Ian D'Souza is a Mission Scientist at COM DEV Ltd. He holds B.Sc. in physics from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy particle physics from Concordia University, but has spent 27 years in engineering design and development in Montreal and Cambridge. He has designed high-frequency communications equipment for space, and worked in surface acoustic wave devices, space science and R&D at COM DEV, where he holds a number... Read More →



Tuesday February 2, 2016 09:00 - 09:20
Provence Room 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

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