Graduate Student Algebra Seminar: Cindy Tsang (UCSB), 'Private-key, Public-key, and Quantum Cryptography'

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 25, 2013 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 4607B South Hall

Event Contact: 

Cindy Tsang


I will talk about how basic ideas in algebra can be applied in cryptography. I will explain how a few cryptosystems (e.g. RSA public-key cryptosystem) work and then discuss a couple ways to safely exchange cipher keys. One of the ways uses quantum theory, which is supposed to be unbreakable if quantum theory is true.