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Random Numbers from Astronomical Imaging

  • Kevin A. Pimbblet (a1) and Michael Bulmer (a2)
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This article describes a method to turn astronomical imaging into a random number generator by using the positions of incident cosmic rays and hot pixels to generate bit streams. We subject the resultant bit streams to a battery of standard benchmark statistical tests for randomness and show that these bit streams are statistically the same as a perfect random bit stream. Strategies for improving and building upon this method are outlined.

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C Corresponding author. Email: pimbblet@physics.uq.edu.au
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Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
  • ISSN: 1323-3580
  • EISSN: 1448-6083
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