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EPJ Quantum Technology: Special Issue on Quantum Random Number Generation


Random numbers constitute an important part of science, finance, engineering, and contemporary cryptographic systems. Large number of everyday applications, such as mobile communications, non-cash payments, emailing, internet-banking, cryptocurrency, blockchain networks, use certain sources of randomness. Overwhelmingly, these sources represent computer algorithms for generating pseudorandom numbers, which are potentially vulnerable for various attacks. Emerging quantum computers could make pseudo-randomness-based cryptographic systems defenseless; therefore, much attention is paid today to quantum key distribution or “quantum cryptography” systems, where quantum random number generators (QRNGs) take a special place.

The main goal of the article collection “Quantum Random Number Generation” is to reveal the need for QRNGs in various areas of science and business and to facilitate the dialog between the academia and commercial information technology companies. This special issue addresses the survey of various quantum entropy sources. Special attention will be paid to formal definition of quantum and classical randomness and to the problem of quantum entropy extraction. An additional objective of this collection is an overview of manufacturers and their solutions on the market of QRNGs.

We invite you to submit articles for this special issue. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical Foundations of QRNGs


Please refer to the journal’s Submission Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript.
Important: upon submission select the article type (i.e. Research, Commentary, Review, Letter) and the special issue in the Additional Information step.
The guest editors together with the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Kai Bongs (University of Birmingham), will oversee the editorial process. Accepted articles are published Open Access and automatically assigned to a volume and issue after the proofs are corrected. They will be accessible through the regular volume and issue, as well as collected online under their specific special issue tab. This allows not waiting to collect all articles before publishing the special issue, but they appear on the fly (no need to wait for the deadline!).

Submissions are accepted from 1 September 2021 until 28 February 2022.

EPJ Quantum Technology is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database, one of the major databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science, and has been accepted for indexing in Scopus. Its 2-year Impact Factor is 4.455

Guest editors:

Yury Kurochkin, 1. Russian Quantum Center, Moscow, Russia, 2. QRate, Skolkovo, Russia 3. NTI Center for Quantum Communications, National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Moscow, Russia

Roman Shakhovoy 1. QRate, Skolkovo, Russia, 2. NTI Center for Quantum Communications, National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Moscow, Russia

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