Optical signal processing and stealth transmission for privacy

Ben Wu, Bhavin J. Shastri, Prateek Mittal, Alexander N. Tait, Paul R. Prucnal

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Optical encryption, key generation, and optical stealth transmission techniques for protecting the privacy of communication in optical networks are proposed and summarized. The signal processing methods based on fiber components provide ways to encrypt data and generate encryption keys at the speed of data transmission in optical fibers. Private and confidential communication is achieved without compromising the capacity and bandwidth of the optical network. Optical stealth transmission can hide the signal in plain sight. Because an eavesdropper can neither read the data nor detect the existence of the transmitted signal, optical stealth transmission provides a higher level of privacy. A hybrid system which includes both the public channels and stealth channels can effectively provide anonymous communication and defend against traffic analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7089222
Pages (from-to)1185-1194
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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