Randomness is no lottery thanks to entangled ions


Number sequences guaranteed random by quantum mechanics

An international team of physicists (involving physicists C. Monroe and A. Acin from the AQUTE and Q-ESSENCE projects respectively) has created the first system that can produce verifiably random numbers. The technique relies on the inherent uncertainties in quantum mechanics and future versions could help cryptographers to encode information more securely than ever before.

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