Patents by Inventor Charles Glen Peterson

Charles Glen Peterson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20150188701
    Abstract: A protocol processor for exchange of messages in a quantum cryptographic system includes a common database for message parameter storage. Message exchanges between user stations are based on parameters extracted from messages and stored, and subsequently retrieved and inserted into new messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jane E. Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Jane Marie Riese, Christine Marie Ahrens, Charles Glen Peterson, James William Harrington
  • Patent number: 9002009
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for quantum key distribution (“QKD”) between a quantum communication (“QC”) card, base station and trusted authority are described herein. In example implementations, a QC card contains a miniaturized QC transmitter and couples with a base station. The base station provides a network connection with the trusted authority and can also provide electric power to the QC card. When coupled to the base station, after authentication by the trusted authority, the QC card acquires keys through QKD with a trusted authority. The keys can be used to set up secure communication, for authentication, for access control, or for other purposes. The QC card can be implemented as part of a smart phone or other mobile computing device, or the QC card can be used as a fillgun for distribution of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Raymond Thorson Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Danna Rosenberg, Kevin Peter McCabe, Kush T. Tyagi, Nicholas Dallman
  • Patent number: 8929554
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution (“QKD”) are described herein. In example implementations, a trusted authority facilitates secure communication between multiple user devices. The trusted authority distributes different quantum keys by QKD under trust relationships with different users. The trusted authority determines combination keys using the quantum keys and makes the combination keys available for distribution (e.g., for non-secret distribution over a public channel). The combination keys facilitate secure communication between two user devices even in the absence of QKD between the two user devices. With the protocols, benefits of QKD are extended to multi-party communication scenarios. In addition, the protocols can retain benefit of QKD even when a trusted authority is offline or a large group seeks to establish secure communication within the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Richard John Hughes, Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Charles Glen Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140098955
    Abstract: The present invention provides a quantum-enabled security (QES) protocol which creates a revolutionary new cybersecurity capability: quantum (single-photon) communications are integrated with optical communications to provide a strong, innate security foundation at the photonic layer for optical fiber networks or free-space optical communications. The new protocols will also allow the formation of ad hoc coalitions of users in order to deliver quantum-enabled security users between users who may not have direct quantum communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC
    Inventors: Richard John Hughes, Charles Glen Peterson, Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Raymond Thorson Newell
  • Publication number: 20130272524
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution (“QKD”) are described herein. In example implementations, a trusted authority facilitates secure communication between multiple user devices. The trusted authority distributes different quantum keys by QKD under trust relationships with different users. The trusted authority determines combination keys using the quantum keys and makes the combination keys available for distribution (e.g., for non-secret distribution over a public channel). The combination keys facilitate secure communication between two user devices even in the absence of QKD between the two user devices. With the protocols, benefits of QKD are extended to multi-party communication scenarios. In addition, the protocols can retain benefit of QKD even when a trusted authority is offline or a large group seeks to establish secure communication within the group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Richard John Hughes, Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Charles Glen Peterson
  • Patent number: 8483394
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution (“QKD”) are described herein. In example implementations, a trusted authority facilitates secure communication between multiple user devices. The trusted authority distributes different quantum keys by QKD under trust relationships with different users. The trusted authority determines combination keys using the quantum keys and makes the combination keys available for distribution (e.g., for non-secret distribution over a public channel). The combination keys facilitate secure communication between two user devices even in the absence of QKD between the two user devices. With the protocols, benefits of QKD are extended to multi-party communication scenarios. In addition, the protocols can retain benefit of QKD even when a trusted authority is offline or a large group seeks to establish secure communication within the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Charles Glen Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130101121
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution (“QKD”) are described herein. In example implementations, a trusted authority facilitates secure communication between multiple user devices. The trusted authority distributes different quantum keys by QKD under trust relationships with different users. The trusted authority determines combination keys using the quantum keys and makes the combination keys available for distribution (e.g., for non-secret distribution over a public channel). The combination keys facilitate secure communication between two user devices even in the absence of QKD between the two user devices. With the protocols, benefits of QKD are extended to multi-party communication scenarios. In addition, the protocols can retain benefit of QKD even when a trusted authority is offline or a large group seeks to establish secure communication within the group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Los Alamos National Security LLC
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Charles Glen Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130101119
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for quantum key distribution (“QKD”) between a quantum communication (“QC”) card, base station and trusted authority are described herein. In example implementations, a QC card contains a miniaturized QC transmitter and couples with a base station. The base station provides a network connection with the trusted authority and can also provide electric power to the QC card. When coupled to the base station, after authentication by the trusted authority, the QC card acquires keys through QKD with a trusted authority. The keys can be used to set up secure communication, for authentication, for access control, or for other purposes. The QC card can be implemented as part of a smart phone or other mobile computing device, or the QC card can be used as a fillgun for distribution of the keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Los Alamos National Security LLC
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Raymond Thorson Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Danna Rosenberg, Kevin Peter McCabe, Kush T. Tyagi, Nicholas Dallmann
  • Publication number: 20130083925
    Abstract: Quantum communication transmitters include beacon lasers that transmit a beacon optical signal in a predetermined state of polarization such as one of the states of polarization of a quantum communication basis. Changes in the beacon polarization are detected at a receiver, and a retarder is adjusted so that the states of polarization in a received quantum communication optical signal are matched to basis polarizations. The beacon and QC signals can be at different wavelengths so that the beacon does not interfere with detection and decoding of the QC optical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Raymond Thorson Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Richard John Hughes
  • Publication number: 20130084079
    Abstract: Birefringence in optical fibers is compensated by applying polarization modulation at a receiver. Polarization modulation is applied so that a transmitted optical signal has states of polarization (SOPs) that are equally spaced on the Poincaré sphere. Fiber birefringence encountered in propagation between a transmitter and a receiver rotates the great circle on the Poincaré sphere that represents the polarization bases used for modulation. By adjusting received polarizations, polarization components of the received optical signal can be directed to corresponding detectors for decoding, regardless of the magnitude and orientation of the fiber birefringence. A transmitter can be configured to transmit in conjugate polarization bases whose SOPs can be represented as equidistant points on a great circle so that the received SOPs are mapped to equidistant points on a great circle and routed to corresponding detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Charles Glen Peterson, Raymond Thorson Newell, Richard John Hughes