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13 February 2016 Physical layer one-time-pad data encryption through synchronized semiconductor laser networks
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Semiconductor lasers (SL) have been proven to be a key device in the generation of ultrafast true random bit streams. Their potential to emit chaotic signals under conditions with desirable statistics, establish them as a low cost solution to cover various needs, from large volume key generation to real-time encrypted communications. Usually, only undemanding post-processing is needed to convert the acquired analog timeseries to digital sequences that pass all established tests of randomness. A novel architecture that can generate and exploit these true random sequences is through a fiber network in which the nodes are semiconductor lasers that are coupled and synchronized to central hub laser. In this work we show experimentally that laser nodes in such a star network topology can synchronize with each other through complex broadband signals that are the seed to true random bit sequences (TRBS) generated at several Gb/s. The potential for each node to access real-time generated and synchronized with the rest of the nodes random bit streams, through the fiber optic network, allows to implement an one-time-pad encryption protocol that mixes the synchronized true random bit sequence with real data at Gb/s rates. Forward-error correction methods are used to reduce the errors in the TRBS and the final error rate at the data decoding level. An appropriate selection in the sampling methodology and properties, as well as in the physical properties of the chaotic seed signal through which network locks in synchronization, allows an error free performance.
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Apostolos Argyris, Evangelos Pikasis, and Dimitris Syvridis "Physical layer one-time-pad data encryption through synchronized semiconductor laser networks", Proc. SPIE 9773, Optical Metro Networks and Short-Haul Systems VIII, 97730K (13 February 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2211069
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