Real-time fast physical random number generator with a photonic integrated circuit

Kazusa Ugajin, Yuta Terashima, Kento Iwakawa, Atsushi Uchida, Takahisa Harayama, Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Masanobu Inubushi

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Abstract

Random number generators are essential for applications in information security and numerical simulations. Most optical-chaos-based random number generators produce random bit sequences by offline post-processing with large optical components. We demonstrate a real-time hardware implementation of a fast physical random number generator with a photonic integrated circuit and a field programmable gate array (FPGA) electronic board. We generate 1-Tbit random bit sequences and evaluate their statistical randomness using NIST Special Publication 800-22 and TestU01. All of the BigCrush tests in TestU01 are passed using 410-Gbit random bit sequences. A maximum real-time generation rate of 21.1 Gb/s is achieved for random bit sequences in binary format stored in a computer, which can be directly used for applications involving secret keys in cryptography and random seeds in large-scale numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6511-6523
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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