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We analyze the fundamental limits of secret-key agreement over MIMO quasi-static fading channels. In the low-power and high-power regimes, we establish closed-form expressions for secret-key capacity. In the low-power regime, we show that the optimal signaling strategy is independent of the eavesdropper's fading realization. The low-power secret-key capacity is achieved by transmitting along the direction corresponding to the maximal eigenvalue of the legitimate channel. By combining this signaling strategy with reconciliation and privacy amplification, one obtains a semi-blind key-distillation strategy in which the knowledge of the eavesdropper's fading is required for privacy amplification alone.
Date of Conference: 5-9 June 2011