Covert communication over classical-quantum channels

Azadeh Sheikholeslami, Boulat A. Bash, Don Towsley, Dennis Goeckel, Saikat Guha

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

42 Scopus citations


Recently, the fundamental limits of covert, i.e., reliable-yet-undetectable, communication have been established for general memoryless channels and for lossy-noisy bosonic (quantum) channels with a quantum-limited adversary. The key import of these results was the square-root law (SRL) for covert communication, which states that O(√n) covert bits, but no more, can be reliably transmitted over n channel uses with O(√n) bits of secret pre-shared between communicating parties. Here we prove the achievability of the SRL for a general memoryless classical-quantum channel, showing that SRL covert communication is achievable over any quantum communication channel with a product-state transmission strategy. We leave open the converse, which, if proven, would show that even using entangled transmissions and entangling measurements, the SRL for covert communication cannot be surpassed over an arbitrary quantum channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - ISIT 2016; 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018062
StatePublished - Aug 10 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jul 10 2016Jul 15 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Covert communication over classical-quantum channels'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this