Random numbers from astronomical imaging

Kevin A. Pimbblet and Michael Bulmer (2005) Random numbers from astronomical imaging. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 22 1: 1-5. doi:10.1071/AS04043

Author Kevin A. Pimbblet
Michael Bulmer
Title Random numbers from astronomical imaging
Journal name Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-3580
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AS04043
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Editor M. C. Storey
Place of publication Collingwood
Publisher C. S. I. R. O. Publishing
Language eng
Subject 280203 Image Processing
230204 Applied Statistics
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.
Keyword Astronomical imaging
Image processing
Random numbers
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes The original publication is available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/138.htm Copyright CSIRO 2005.

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