Volume 73, Number 2, January 2006
|Page(s)||225 - 231|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||14 December 2005|
Testing random numbers with periodic structures
Département de physique et d'astronomie, Université de Moncton Moncton, New Brunswick E1A3E9, Canada
2 Department of Physics and College of Optics & Photonics, CREOL & FPCE University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL 32816, USA
3 Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie, Universität Karlsruhe (TH) 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
4 Institut für Theoretische Festkörperphysik, Universität Karlsruhe (TH) 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
Accepted: 23 November 2005
We investigate the effect of random and nonrandom disorder on the properties of periodic media. Specifically, we show that the complex transmission is particularly sensitive to whether the disorder is truly random or not. We exploit this effect as a flexible and efficient test to detect subtle biases in sequences of random numbers. Based on this approach, we suggest the implementation of a simple physical device requiring single-frequency analysis.
PACS: 42.70.Qs – Photonic bandgap materials / 42.25.Dd – Wave propagation in random media
© EDP Sciences, 2006
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