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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 11143–11152

Random walks and random numbers from supercontinuum generation

Benjamin Wetzel, Keith J. Blow, Sergei K. Turitsyn, Guy Millot, Laurent Larger, and John M. Dudley  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 11143-11152 (2012)

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We report a numerical study showing how the random intensity and phase fluctuations across the bandwidth of a broadband optical super-continuum can be interpreted in terms of the random processes of random walks and Lévy flights. We also describe how the intensity fluctuations can be applied to physical random number generation. We conclude that the optical supercontinuum provides a highly versatile means of studying and generating a wide class of random processes at optical wavelengths.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation
(070.7145) Fourier optics and signal processing : Ultrafast processing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2012
Published: April 30, 2012

Benjamin Wetzel, Keith J. Blow, Sergei K. Turitsyn, Guy Millot, Laurent Larger, and John M. Dudley, "Random walks and random numbers from supercontinuum generation," Opt. Express 20, 11143-11152 (2012)

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