The speed of a quantum random number generator is essential for practical applications, such as high-speed quantum key distribution systems. Here, we push the speed of a quantum random number generator to 68 Gbps by operating a laser around its threshold level. To achieve the rate, not only high-speed photodetector and high sampling rate are needed but also a very stable interferometer is required. A practical interferometer with active feedback instead of common temperature control is developed to meet the requirement of stability. Phase fluctuations of the laser are measured by the interferometer with a photodetector and then digitalized to raw random numbers with a rate of 80 Gbps. The min-entropy of the raw data is evaluated by modeling the system and is used to quantify the quantum randomness of the raw data. The bias of the raw data caused by other signals, such as classical and detection noises, can be removed by Toeplitz-matrix hashing randomness extraction. The final random numbers can pass through the standard randomness tests. Our demonstration shows that high-speed quantum random number generators are ready for practical usage.
The generation of 68 Gbps quantum random number by measuring laser phase fluctuations
You-Qi Nie, Leilei Huang, Yang Liu, Frank Payne, Jun Zhang, Jian-Wei Pan; The generation of 68 Gbps quantum random number by measuring laser phase fluctuations. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 June 2015; 86 (6): 063105. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4922417
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