By Singkanipa P & Kok P. Submitted to arXiv on 5 January 2021.
Conference key agreement (CKA) is an information processing task where more than two parties want to share a common secret key. Here, we present a loss-resilient protocol for CKA, based on redundant encoding and error correction. Our protocol provides a speed-up in transmission rate over the existing lossy CKA protocol. However, encoding and error correction come with extra cost. We show that, using photon sources with creation probability p > 0.3, our protocol’s secret key rate can overcome the existing protocol’s. Hence, high probability entangled photon sources are required for realistic implementation of our loss-resilient protocol.