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  • Ning Jiang
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
  • Anke Zhao
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
  • Yajun Wang
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
  • Shiqin Liu
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
  • Jianming Tang
  • Kun Qiu
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
We propose and numerically demonstrate a security-enhanced chaotic communication system by introducing optical temporal encryption (OTE) into the modulated chaotic carrier (chaos + message). In the proposed scheme, the message is firstly embedded into the original chaotic carrier generated by a conventional external-cavity semiconductor laser (ECSL), and before being transmitted to the receiver end, the modulated chaotic carrier propagates through an OTE module that consists of one phase modulator driven by a secret sinusoidal signal and one dispersive component. Our numerical results indicate that, as a direct result of the spectral expansion effect of the sinusoidal phase modulation and the phase-to-intensity conversion effect of the dispersive component, the original chaotic carrier can be encrypted as an uncorrelated chaotic signal with a flat spectrum and an efficiently-suppressed time delay signature, this greatly enhances the privacy of the modulated chaotic carrier. Moreover, comparing with the conventional ECSL-based chaotic communication systems without OTE, the proposed scheme not only shows significantly higher security against attacks including direct linear filtering and synchronization utilization, but also provide additional physical key space to further enhance the system security. In addition, by making use of the transmission dispersion for decryption, the proposed encryption scheme supports dispersion-compensation-free secure fiber communication, and it also supports centralized encryption/decryption in wavelength division multiplexing secure chaotic communication systems. The proposed scheme provides a novel plug-and-play encryption method for implementation in high-security chaotic communication systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOSA Continuum
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Nov 2019

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