Dr. A.R. Mirza

Dr. A.R. Mirza

Education: BSc (Appl. Maths, Physics), BSc (Hons) (Appl Physics), MSc (Physics), PhD (Physics) University of KwaZulu-Natal

Research Interests:

My research interests is in the field of Quantum Cryptography, or more commonly known as Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), and the applications thereof. I specifically concentrate on the integration of QKD systems into existing infrastructure and investigations and feasible methods of applying this technology to industrial applications.

Quantum Cryptography was developed around 2 decades ago to complement present day encryption schemes and solve the long standing issue of secure key distribution. Today Quantum cryptography is arguably the most mature field in Quantum Information Processing and Communication (QIPC).

Encryption functions are algorithms that are uniquely defined through a set of parameters called the key. In order to facilitate provably secure communications, this key is required to be distributed securely. Further the key should be truly random, at least as long as the message and only be used once. All the above requirements are fulfilled through the implementation of Quantum Cryptography.

Presently my research includes the integration of QKD into optical networks for the development of Quantum networks. This has given rise to the QuantumCity project that is a joint initiative of CQT, eThekwini Municipality, the Innovation Fund and UKZN Innovation. In line with the Durban – SmartCity initiative, the collaboration has envisaged the realization of a quantum network over the eThekwini municipal optical fibre infrastructure. This will be the first ever implementation of a municipal quantum network paving the way for Durban to become the first QuantumCity in the world.

Other projects that I am investigating is the integration of classical and quantum signals on a single fibre. This is to permit for the efficient usage of fibre and thus a more feasible quantum system.

I am also looking into polarization encoded systems, both fibre based as well as free space.

Contact Information:H-Block, Room H3-12
School of Physics
Westville Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tel       : +27 31 260 7991
Fax      : +27 31 260 8090
E-Mail  : mirzaa@ukzn.ac.za