A random number generation approach comprising a silicon nanocrystals LED (Si-NCs LED), silicon single photon avalanche photodiode (Si SPAD) and a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is introduced. The Si-NCs LED is the source of entropy with photon emission in the visible range detectable by silicon detectors allowing the fabrication of an all-silicon-based device. The proposed quantum random number generator (QRNG) is robust against variations of the internal and external parameters such as aging of the components, changing temperature, the ambient interferences and the silicon detector artifacts. The raw data show high quality of randomness and passed all the statistical tests in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) tests suite without the application of a post-processing algorithm. The efficiency of random number generation is 4-bits per detected photon.
We present a post-processing free quantum random number generator (QRNG) based on silicon nanocrystals (Si-NCs) LEDs as a source of randomness. The relatively simple setup for data extraction, a negligible bias measured from the datasets and applying no post-processing operations to the raw data are the main advantages of this QRNG . The obtained bit sequences pass all the NIST tests and the highest bit-rate achieved is 0.6 Mbps.