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Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1002; doi:10.3390/s16071002

Quantum Random Number Generation Using a Quanta Image Sensor

ID Quantique SA, Ch. de la Marbrerie 3, 1227 Carouge, Switzerland
Thayer Engineering School at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
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Academic Editor: Albert Theuwissen
Received: 6 April 2016 / Revised: 13 June 2016 / Accepted: 23 June 2016 / Published: 29 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photon-Counting Image Sensors)
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A new quantum random number generation method is proposed. The method is based on the randomness of the photon emission process and the single photon counting capability of the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS). It has the potential to generate high-quality random numbers with remarkable data output rate. In this paper, the principle of photon statistics and theory of entropy are discussed. Sample data were collected with QIS jot device, and its randomness quality was analyzed. The randomness assessment method and results are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: QRNG; random number generator; QIS; quanta image sensor; photon counting; jot; entropy; randomness QRNG; random number generator; QIS; quanta image sensor; photon counting; jot; entropy; randomness

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Amri, E.; Felk, Y.; Stucki, D.; Ma, J.; Fossum, E.R. Quantum Random Number Generation Using a Quanta Image Sensor. Sensors 2016, 16, 1002.

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