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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 17 — Aug. 16, 2010
  • pp: 18292–18302

Synchronization of random bit generators based on coupled chaotic lasers and application to cryptography

Ido Kanter, Maria Butkovski, Yitzhak Peleg, Meital Zigzag, Yaara Aviad, Igor Reidler, Michael Rosenbluh, and Wolfgang Kinzel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 17, pp. 18292-18302 (2010)

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Random bit generators (RBGs) constitute an important tool in cryptography, stochastic simulations and secure communications. The later in particular has some difficult requirements: high generation rate of unpredictable bit strings and secure key-exchange protocols over public channels. Deterministic algorithms generate pseudo-random number sequences at high rates, however, their unpredictability is limited by the very nature of their deterministic origin. Recently, physical RBGs based on chaotic semiconductor lasers were shown to exceed Gbit/s rates. Whether secure synchronization of two high rate physical RBGs is possible remains an open question. Here we propose a method, whereby two fast RBGs based on mutually coupled chaotic lasers, are synchronized. Using information theoretic analysis we demonstrate security against a powerful computational eavesdropper, capable of noiseless amplification, where all parameters are publicly known. The method is also extended to secure synchronization of a small network of three RBGs.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.4785) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical security and encryption

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2010
Published: August 10, 2010

Ido Kanter, Maria Butkovski, Yitzhak Peleg, Meital Zigzag, Yaara Aviad, Igor Reidler, Michael Rosenbluh, and Wolfgang Kinzel, "Synchronization of random bit generators based on coupled chaotic lasers and application to cryptography," Opt. Express 18, 18292-18302 (2010)

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