Abstract

We present a high-speed random number generation scheme based on measuring the quantum phase noise of a single-mode laser operating at a low intensity level near the lasing threshold. A delayed self-heterodyning system has been developed to measure the random phase fluctuation. By actively stabilizing the phase of the interferometer, a random number generation rate of 500 Mbit/s has been demonstrated and the generated random numbers have passed all the DIEHARD tests.

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