| Signaling for Covert Quantum Sensing
|Mehrdad Tahmasbi, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Boulat Bash, Saikat Guha, University of Arizona, United States; Matthieu R Bloch, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
|D3-S1-T4: Quantum Cryptography
|Wednesday, 14 July, 22:00 - 22:20
|Wednesday, 14 July, 22:20 - 22:40
Motivated by application to quantum radar and the known benefits of quantum illumination in the high-noise low-reflectance regime, we study the design of signaling schemes for covertly probing a distant target over a lossy and noisy bosonic channels. Specifically, we analyze the performance of diffuse and sparse signaling schemes, which achieve covertness by spreading a constant number of photons in many modes or in a few modes, respectively. We benchmark the performance against a converse bound that holds for arbitrary covert quantum illumination schemes. Numerical results show the superior performance of the diffuse signaling scheme, which we conjecture outperforms any other covert quantum illumination scheme.