Fast random bit generation with bandwidthenhanced chaos in semiconductor lasers

Kunihito Hirano, Taiki Yamazaki, Shinichiro Morikatsu, Haruka Okumura, Hiroki Aida, Atsushi Uchida, Shigeru Yoshimori, Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Takahisa Harayama, Peter Davis

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We experimentally demonstrate random bit generation using multi-bit samples of bandwidth-enhanced chaos in semiconductor lasers. Chaotic fluctuation of laser output is generated in a semiconductor laser with optical feedback and the chaotic output is injected into a second semiconductor laser to obtain a chaotic intensity signal with bandwidth enhanced up to 16 GHz. The chaotic signal is converted to an 8-bit digital signal by sampling with a digital oscilloscope at 12.5 Giga samples per second (GS/s Random bits are generated by bitwise exclusive-OR operation on corresponding bits in samples of the chaotic signal and its time-delayed signal. Statistical tests verify the randomness of bit sequences obtained using 1 to 6 bits per sample, corresponding to fast random bit generation rates from 12.5 to 75 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) ( = 6 bit x 12.5 GS/s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5512-5524
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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