Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Random numbers out of vacuum

In a letter to Nature Photonics Gabriel et al. have generated truly random numbers (as opposed to pseudo random numbers) by measuring continuous vacuum state quadratures (i.e. E-field noise) in a homodyne setup. Random number data sets can be downloaded from their website: http://mpl.mpg.de/mpf/php/abteilung1/index.php?lang=de&show=workgroups&in=qiv&and=&page=qiv/quantumbits. They are even planning on a random number live stream you can directly feed into your Quantum Monte Carlo calculations.

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