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Title: Suppressing communication errors using quantum-enabled forward error correction
Because noise is inherent to all measurements, optical communication requires error identification and correction to protect and recover user data. Yet, error correction, routinely used in classical receivers, has not been applied to receivers that take advantage of quantum measurement. Here, we show how information uniquely available in a quantum measurement can be employed for efficient error correction. Our quantum-enabled forward error correction protocol operates on quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) and achieves more than 80 dB error suppression compared to the raw symbol error rate and approximately 40 dB improvement of symbol error rates beyond the QPSK classical limit. With a symbol error rate below 10−9 for just 11 photons per bit, this approach enables reliable use of quantum receivers for ultra-low power optical communications. Limiting optical power improves the information capacity of optical links and enables scalable networks with coexisting quantum and classical channels in the same optical fiber.  more » « less
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AVS co-published with AIP
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AVS Quantum Science
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["quantum-enabled error correction, forward error correction, bayesian probabilities"]
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National Science Foundation
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