Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions

Pivoluska M, Plesch M, Farkas M, Ruzickova N, Flegel C, Valencia NH, Mccutcheon W, Malik M, Aguilar EA. 2021. Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions. npj Quantum Information. 7, 50.

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Pivoluska, Matej; Plesch, Martin; Farkas, Máté; Ruzickova, NataliaIST Austria; Flegel, Clara; Valencia, Natalia Herrera; Mccutcheon, Will; Malik, Mehul; Aguilar, Edgar A.
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Our ability to trust that a random number is truly random is essential for fields as diverse as cryptography and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics. Existing solutions both come with drawbacks—device-independent quantum random number generators (QRNGs) are highly impractical and standard semi-device-independent QRNGs are limited to a specific physical implementation and level of trust. Here we propose a framework for semi-device-independent randomness certification, using a source of trusted vacuum in the form of a signal shutter. It employs a flexible set of assumptions and levels of trust, allowing it to be applied in a wide range of physical scenarios involving both quantum and classical entropy sources. We experimentally demonstrate our protocol with a photonic setup and generate secure random bits under three different assumptions with varying degrees of security and resulting data rates.
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2021-03-15
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npj Quantum Information
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We would like to thank Robert Fickler for discussions about the experimental realization and Marek Sýs for running the NIST randomness test on the data we acquired in the experiment. We would like to thank Ugo Zanforlin, Gerald Buller, Daniel White, and Cristian Bonato for their help with the experiment. M. Pivoluska, M. Plesch, and M.M. acknowledge Czech-Austrian project MultiQUEST (I3053-N27 and GF17-33780L). M. Pivoluska and M. Plesch additionally acknowledge the support of VEGA project 2/0136/19. M.F. acknowledges support from the Polish NCN grant Sonata UMO-2014/14/E/ST2/00020, the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program ERC AdG CERQUTE (grant agreement No 834266), the State Research Agency (AEI) TRANQI (PID2019-106888GB-I00/10.13039/501100011033), the Government of Spain (FIS2020-TRANQI; Severo Ochoa CEX2019-000910-S), Fundació Cellex, Fundació Mir-Puig, and Generalitat de Catalunya (CERCA, AGAUR). M.M., W.M., N.H.V., and C.F. acknowledge support from the QuantERA ERA-NET Co-fund (FWF Project I3773-N36) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (EP/P024114/1).
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7
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50
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Pivoluska M, Plesch M, Farkas M, et al. Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions. npj Quantum Information. 2021;7. doi:10.1038/s41534-021-00387-1
Pivoluska, M., Plesch, M., Farkas, M., Ruzickova, N., Flegel, C., Valencia, N. H., … Aguilar, E. A. (2021). Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions. Npj Quantum Information. Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41534-021-00387-1
Pivoluska, Matej, Martin Plesch, Máté Farkas, Natalia Ruzickova, Clara Flegel, Natalia Herrera Valencia, Will Mccutcheon, Mehul Malik, and Edgar A. Aguilar. “Semi-Device-Independent Random Number Generation with Flexible Assumptions.” Npj Quantum Information. Springer Nature, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41534-021-00387-1.
M. Pivoluska et al., “Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions,” npj Quantum Information, vol. 7. Springer Nature, 2021.
Pivoluska M, Plesch M, Farkas M, Ruzickova N, Flegel C, Valencia NH, Mccutcheon W, Malik M, Aguilar EA. 2021. Semi-device-independent random number generation with flexible assumptions. npj Quantum Information. 7, 50.
Pivoluska, Matej, et al. “Semi-Device-Independent Random Number Generation with Flexible Assumptions.” Npj Quantum Information, vol. 7, 50, Springer Nature, 2021, doi:10.1038/s41534-021-00387-1.
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