Random number generation from spontaneous Raman scattering

M. J. Collins, A. S. Clark, C. Xiong, E. Mägi, M. J. Steel, B. J. Eggleton

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We investigate the generation of random numbers via the quantum process of spontaneous Raman scattering. Spontaneous Raman photons are produced by illuminating a highly nonlinear chalcogenide glass (As 2 S 3) fiber with a CW laser at a power well below the stimulated Raman threshold. Single Raman photons are collected and separated into two discrete wavelength detuning bins of equal scattering probability. The sequence of photon detection clicks is converted into a random bit stream. Postprocessing is applied to remove detector bias, resulting in a final bit rate of ∼650 kb/s. The collected random bit-sequences pass the NIST statistical test suite for one hundred 1 Mb samples, with the significance level set to α = 0.01. The fiber is stable, robust and the high nonlinearity (compared to silica) allows for a short fiber length and low pump power favourable for real world application.

Original languageEnglish
Article number141112
Pages (from-to)141112/1-141112/4
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015


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