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A Random Number Generator Based on Single-Photon Avalanche Photodiode Dark Counts

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1 Author(s)
Tawfeeq, S.K. ; Dept. of Eng. & Ind. Applic., Univ. of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

In this paper, a new physical random number generator is built. The generation concept is based on the dark pulses thermally generated in single photon avalanche photodiodes operating in the Geiger mode. Results show that the proposed random number generator produced nearly 50% zeros and 50% ones, which could be considered an acceptable suited for quantum cryptography systems.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 24 )

Date of Publication:

Dec.15, 2009

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