Random numbers from astronomical Imaging

Kevin Pimbblet, Michael Bulmer

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Abstract

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. A? Astronomical Society of Australia 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 5
Number of pages5
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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