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Countermeasure against bright-light attack on superconducting nanowire single-photon detector in quantum key distribution

Optics Express. 2019. Vol. 27. No. 21. P. 30979-30988.
Elezov M., Roman Ozhegov, Gregory Goltsman, Makarov V.

We present an active anti-latching system for superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. We experimentally test it against a bright-light attack, previously used to compromise security of quantum key distribution. Although our system detects continuous blinding, the detector is shown to be partially blindable and controllable by specially tailored sequences of bright pulses. Improvements to the countermeasure are suggested.