Quantum randomness generation via orbital angular momentum modes crosstalk in a ring-core fiber

Mujtaba Zahidy, Hamid Tebyanian, Daniele Cozzolino, Yaoxin Liu, Yunhong Ding, Toshio Morioka, Leif K. Oxenløwe, Davide Bacco

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Genuine random numbers can be produced beyond a shadow of doubt through the intrinsic randomness provided by quantum mechanics theory. While many degrees of freedom have been investigated for randomness generation, not adequate attention has been paid to the orbital angular momentum of light. In this work, we present a quantum random number generator based on the intrinsic randomness inherited from the superposition of orbital angular momentum modes caused by the crosstalk inside a ring-core fiber. We studied two possible cases: a first one, device-dependent, where the system is trusted, and a second one, semi-device-independent, where the adversary can control the measurements. We experimentally realized the former, extracted randomness, and, after privacy amplification, we achieved a generation rate higher than 10 Mbit/s. In addition, we presented a possible realization of the semi-device-independent protocol, using a newly introduced integrated silicon photonic chip. Our work can be considered as a starting point for novel investigations of quantum random number generators based on the orbital angular momentum of light.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2022

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5 pages, 6 figures


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