Ádám Marosits, Ágoston Schranz and Eszter Udvary
Amplified spontaneous emission based quantum random number generator
There is an increasing need for true random bits, for which true random number generators (TRNG) are absolutely necessary, because the output of pseudo random number generators is deterministically calculated from the previous states. We introduce our quantum number generator (QRNG) based on amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), a truly random quantum physical process. The experimental setup utilizes the randomness of the process. In this system, optical amplifiers (based on ASE) play the major role. The suitable sampling rate is selected in order to build the fastest generator, while avoiding the correlation between consecutive bits. Furthermore, the applied post-processing increases the quality of the random bits. As a results of this, our system generated random bits which successfully passed the NIST tests. Our real-time generation system – which is currently a trial version implemented with cheap equipment – will be available for public use, generating real time random bits using a web page.