Textbook on QKD

I have written a textbook on quantum key distribution!

This textbook introduces the non-specialist reader to the concepts of quantum key distribution and presents an overview of state-of-the-art quantum communication protocols and applications. It presents the necessary mathematical tools without assuming much background, making it accessible to readers without experience in quantum information theory.

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  • Definition 2.1: Third property (positivity) should be (φ,φ) ≥ 0.
  • Figure 2.2: The boundaries for θ are 0 ≤ θ ≤ π.
  • Exercise 2.20: The sum in the spectral decomposition of ρ is over i, not over x.
  • Definition 2.25 and Theorem 2.26: The map Ɛ is defined as  Ɛ : B(HA) → B(HB).
  • Definitions 2.31 and 2.34: The measurements Mx and M are defined as Mx : HA → HB and M : HA → HB.
  • Equation (2.103): The right hand side is 1/Sqrt{2}.
  • Equation (3.9): This should be h2(λ p1 + (1 − λ) p2) ≥ λ h2(p1) + (1 + λ) h2(p2).
  • Equations (3.15) and (3.18): Probability distributions are missing their respective arguments, namely pX,Y(x,y) and pX(x).
  • Equation (3.19): The second term should have a positive sign.
  • Equation (3.31): The second term is H(X1|Y).
  • Exercise 4.2: The way the measurement results form the bit string b is as follows: If Bob obtains the result -1, then the i-th bit of b is bi = 1, and if he obtains +1, then bi = 0.
  • Equation (4.44): The superscript of the smooth min-entropy is ε‘, and the last term on the right hand side (the logarithm) is missing a factor 2.
  • Beneath Equation (A.3): If X and Y are independent, pY|X(y|x) = pY(y) for all y ∈ Y.
  • Equation (B.4): He2 = (1 1)T, He3 = (0 1)T.
  • First full sentence on page 224: The quantum code CSS(C1,C2) is defined to be the vector space spanned by { |x + C2> }xϵC1 .