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Characterization of the atmosphere as a random bit-stream generator
Author(s): Carlos Font; David Bonanno; Hunter Long; Blerta Bajramaj; G. Charmaine Gilbreath
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Paper Abstract

Characterizing atmospheric turbulence through modeling dates back to the 1960's. For decades scientists have studied how to mitigate the effects of the atmospheric turbulence on communications and imaging systems, but learning how to use those properties of the atmosphere instead of mitigate them raise new challenges. Due to the fact that atmospheric turbulence is inherently a random process, it can be an ideal "key generator" for strongly secure information transfer. The purpose of this effort is to investigate to what extent the atmospheric turbulence can be exploited as a robust random number generator. In this paper we report the progress in characterizing the atmosphere and a random bitstream generator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8382, Active and Passive Signatures III, 83820Q (7 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924826
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Carlos Font, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
David Bonanno, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Hunter Long, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Blerta Bajramaj, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8382:
Active and Passive Signatures III
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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