Qrypt's Partnership with Los Alamos National Labs (LANL): Pioneering the Future of QRNGs in Cryptography

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The Quantum Realm and the Illusion of Randomness


Randomness is foundational in cryptography, with the unpredictability of numbers ensuring encrypted data’s confidentiality. Traditional random number generators, known as pseudorandom number generators (PRNGs), use algorithms to produce sequences that seem random but are deterministic. Given the same initial seed, these sequences can be replicated, introducing vulnerabilities in cryptographic systems. While some physical processes offer better randomness, they still contain elements of predictability. This is where Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) steps in. QRNGs tap into the quantum realm’s innate unpredictability, providing a level of randomness that is unparalleled, setting the stage for a new era in cryptographic security.


Quantum Randomness: The Future of Cryptography


Quantum mechanics unveils a domain of profound unpredictability, setting it apart from classical processes. Within the quantum realm, various phenomena, such as the behavior of photons, particle spins, or the state of an electron, are fundamentally and intrinsically probabilistic. This means that irrespective of our understanding of a quantum system’s present state, its subsequent state remains a mystery. This unique characteristic of quantum mechanics offers the only true source of randomness, making it indispensable for cryptographic systems. Quantum entropy sources, which capture this pure randomness from diverse quantum events, are not just important but crucial for achieving the zenith of cryptographic security. The technology from LANL, a pivotal partner in our journey, has been instrumental in refining and advancing Qrypt’s QRNG capabilities, thereby fortifying our commitment to providing the highest echelon of cryptographic security. In an era where data breaches are on the rise, the reliability of QRNG emerges as a beacon, heralding a future where cryptographic barriers are genuinely impervious.


Ensuring Genuine Quantum Randomness


As quantum technology advances, it’s essential to differentiate between genuine QRNGs and those that might not harness quantum effects fully. While all electronics display quantum effects, many are overshadowed by classical and thermal noise. Authentic QRNGs ensure over 99% of their randomness comes from verifiable quantum effects. When evaluating a QRNG, it’s important to understand vendor claims of min-entropy, randomness source, and the percentage derived from genuine quantum effects. This comprehensive assessment ensures you’re tapping into the true security only genuine quantum randomness can offer.


The Qrypt-LANL Quantum Breakthrough


Overview: The Quantum Phenomenon Simplified


The foundation of Qrypt’s collaboration with Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) is centered on the quantum phenomenon known as Photon Bunching. In specially prepared optical systems, emitted particles of light or photons will group together in a way that’s easily distinguishable from regular light sources. This grouping pattern stands in contrast to classical optical and electronic noise. By meticulously filtering out this classical noise, we can detect the underlying quantum effect, which is the basis for establishing the system’s minimum entropy. This physical assessment of the min-entropy within the electronics is the only way to validate the subsequent random number generation.


This development was possible under CRADA No. LA-20-C10797.000.000, titled “Quantum Technology Development,” aligning with directives under the National Quantum Initiative (NIQ) and Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act (QCCPA). LANL brought to the table a patented high entropy random number generator (US Patent No. 11442698B2). Qrypt, under the licensing agreement, developed an electro-optical entropy source module (ESM), to digitize this high-entropy source. This synergy paved the way for an end-to-end cryptography solution, where security is deeply rooted in the immutable laws of quantum physics.


Deep Dive: The Quantum and Statistical Foundations


The Photon Bunching technique is deeply rooted in the principles of quantum mechanics and has no classical physics analogy, underscoring the intrinsic unpredictability of quantum phenomena. In classical mechanics, particles are inherently distinguishable. In quantum mechanics, while all electrons and photons are identical, their states can render them distinguishable, such as their position, polarization, momentum, etc. However, under specific quantum conditions, these particles can exhibit indistinguishability. This technique leverages the phenomenon of quantum indistinguishability, allowing photons to coherently populate an optical mode from all allowed modes, demonstrating uniquely quantum behavior. The probability distribution of the way photons group themselves in the allowed optical states is explained by the Bose-Einstein statistical distribution. This statistical approach is rooted in the behavior of indistinguishable particles, where quantum-random fluctuations in photon occupation within an optical mode are distinct from how photon rate fluctuates in an LED or a LASER. We harness this distinction in a specialized optical source, generating a significant quantum signal-to-classical noise ratio. Simply put, this high ratio ensures that the quantum randomness extracted is pure and untainted by classical noise, making it a reliable standard for cryptographic security. This approach not only advances the field of cryptography but also aligns with LANL’s mission to solve national security challenges through integrated R&D solutions.


In collaboration with Los Alamos National Labs (LANL), Qrypt has harnessed the unique properties of photons to develop a state-of-the-art QRNG. This partnership not only underscores Qrypt’s dedication to cutting-edge R&D but also showcases the transformative nature when industry visionaries and premier national research institutions unite. The technology and physics from LANL have undergone rigorous peer review, ensuring a solid scientific foundation for our work.


Currently, Qrypt has achieved a notable data rate of 1.5 Gbps. This accomplishment is significant, but our vision doesn’t stop here. With robust R&D strategies in place, we’re poised to first scale to 3 Gbps and, in the mid-term, aim for the ambitious goal of 6 Gbps of uniform conditioned entropy.


LANL and Qrypt: A Synergistic Partnership


Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) is a paragon of scientific innovation. With a storied history and a mission rooted in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time, LANL has consistently been at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs. Their expertise in the quantum realm, particularly, is unparalleled and has undergone rigorous peer review, ensuring its credibility. This expertise played a pivotal role in collaborating with Qrypt, ensuring that the developed QRNG was not just cutting-edge but also grounded in rigorous scientific principles.


In LANL’s brochure, “Accelerating Partnerships for Commercial Impact,” the innovative journey and impactful collaboration between Qrypt and LANL were highlighted, underscoring the technological advancements and the strategic partnership forged through our collective efforts in the realm of QRNG technology. It emphasized the significance of the LANL-Qrypt partnership in advancing QRNG technology and its commercial impact.


Collaboration is often the catalyst for innovation, and the partnership between Qrypt and LANL is a testament to this. Together, we embarked on a journey to redefine the boundaries of QRNG technology, with the fruits of this collaboration evident in the advanced QRNG that promises to revolutionize cryptographic security. This partnership embodies LANL’s mission of integrating research excellence with operational prowess, all while addressing pressing national security challenges.


Qrypt’s Vision for the Future


At Qrypt, the horizon is filled with possibilities. With the cutting-edge QRNG technology developed in collaboration with LANL, Qrypt envisions a future where cloud-based Quantum Entropy and Quantum Key Generation services are powered by true quantum randomness. The insights and technological expertise from LANL have been instrumental in identifying areas for enhancement in the ESM version, ensuring that the advancements are not only innovative but also grounded in solid scientific principles. Qrypt and LANL are considering several improvements for the next ESM version, including enhancing SLD thermal dissipation, revising power distribution schemes, and improving noise immunity.  By 2024, it’s anticipated that Qrypt’s cloud services will consume over 100 terabytes of random numbers daily. Plans are underway to develop stand-alone Quantum Entropy Appliances, catering to clients prioritizing in-house random number generation. Furthermore, Qrypt is exploring avenues to miniaturize the LANL technology, aiming to seamlessly integrate it into hardware cybersecurity products, ensuring quantum-level security right at the source.


CRADAs: A Testament to Qrypt’s Excellence and Commitment


A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is more than just a collaboration; it represents a rigorous commitment between a private entity and the US government to achieve specific research and development milestones. Fulfilling a CRADA is no small feat. It requires not only the development of innovative solutions but also the ability to meet stringent requirements set by federal agencies.


Qrypt’s successful completion of its CRADA with Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) is a testament to our dedication, resilience, and technical prowess. We didn’t just enter into an agreement; we saw it through to its successful conclusion. This involved developing a high-speed QRNG prototype based on LANL’s technology, undergoing a comprehensive review process, and ensuring full disclosure of our hardware and a deep analysis of our QRNG quality to LANL and a report submitted to the Department of Energy’s OSTI.


Separate from our CRADA with LANL, our collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) showcases our commitment to fostering innovation through public-private partnerships. As highlighted in a recent press release, we also successfully deployed a new US-designed and manufactured Quantum Random Number Generator in partnership with ORNL. This collaboration underscores our dedication to enhancing quantum randomness in our cloud services and products, ensuring top-tier cybersecurity for US-based companies.


In essence, our successful completion of our CRADA with LANL, coupled with our collaboration with premier national research institutions like ORNL, not only highlights our technical achievements but also emphasizes our unwavering commitment to advancing the field of quantum security.


As Qrypt continues its journey in quantum innovation, we are actively bidding on SBIRs, showcasing our commitment to aligning with federal research initiatives. These efforts further emphasize our readiness to engage in and deliver on federal partnerships, reinforcing our track record of successful collaborations with national research institutions. Our proactive approach to SBIRs underscores our dedication to pushing the boundaries of quantum technology in alignment with national priorities.




In today’s digital age, the security and integrity of cryptographic systems are paramount. Traditional methods, while effective in the past, now face challenges in the wake of advanced computational capabilities. The Qrypt-LANL partnership has been a journey of mutual growth, innovation, and advancement in the field of quantum cryptography, with each entity bringing its unique strengths to the table, resulting in the development of groundbreaking QRNG technology that promises to shape the future of cryptographic security. Quantum randomness emerges not just as an alternative but as a necessity for bolstering the defenses of modern cryptographic systems. Qrypt’s Quantum Entropy, powered by state-of-the-art QRNGs, offers a solution not just rooted in the fundamental unpredictability of quantum mechanics but is also accessible and practical for today’s needs. Organizations can now retrofit their existing systems with this unparalleled level of randomness, ensuring a level of security that’s prepared for the challenges of today and those on the horizon. From safeguarding sensitive data to fortifying communication channels, Qrypt’s Quantum Entropy is poised to redefine how we perceive and implement cryptographic security, echoing LANL’s commitment to national security through innovative solutions.


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