Random number generation from a secure photonic physical unclonable hardware module.

M. Akriotou, C. Mesaritakis, E. Grivas, C. Chaintoutis, A. Fragkos, D. Syvridis

In this work, a photonic physical unclonable function module, based on an optical waveguide, is demonstrated. The physical scrambling mechanism is based on the random and complex coherent interference of high order optical transverse modes. The proposed scheme allows the generation of random bit-strings, through a simple wavelength tuning of the laser source, that are suitable for a variety of cryptographic applications. The experimental data are evaluated in terms of unpredictability, employing typical information theory benchmark tests and the NIST statistical suit.

Citation

M. Akriotou, C. Mesaritakis, E. Grivas, C. Chaintoutis, A. Fragkos, D. Syvridis: Random number generation from a secure photonic physical unclonable hardware module. In: E. Gelenbe, P. Campegiani, T. Czachorski, S. Katsikas, I. Komnios, L. Romano, D. Tzovaras (eds.) Recent Cybersecurity Research in Europe: Proceedings of the 2018 ISCIS Security Workshop, Imperial College London. Lecture Notes CCIS No. 821, Springer Verlag (2018)