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Generating Random Numbers Using Radiation
This program lets you use your GM-10 or GM-45 (serial or USB versions) to generate random numbers.
This is the introduction of this program. While we've run tests on the random numbers produced, and they do seem random, we're open to hearing from users reporting the results they've obtained as well. if any mathematicians would like to analyze the data, that would also certainly be most welcome!
The rate that you can generate numbers depends on how many counts per minute you get from your detector. This is typically very low using just background levels, but can be substantially boosted by using a safe low level radiation source, such as our Vaseline Glass Beads . Using several beads on a GM-45, we're able to produce about 15 random bytes per minute. You can download the binary data file of 5000 bytes we made as a test, as well as look at the results of some tests of that data.
Software features:There are many settings that control the generation of random numbers, each is explained below:
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