[Resource Topic] 2024/606: Classical Commitments to Quantum States

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Classical Commitments to Quantum States

Authors: Sam Gunn, Yael Tauman Kalai, Anand Natarajan, Agi Villanyi


We define the notion of a classical commitment scheme to quantum states, which allows a quantum prover to compute a classical commitment to a quantum state, and later open each qubit of the state in either the standard or the Hadamard basis. Our notion is a strengthening of the measurement protocol from Mahadev (STOC 2018). We construct such a commitment scheme from the post-quantum Learning With Errors (LWE) assumption, and more generally from any noisy trapdoor claw-free function family that has the distributional strong adaptive hardcore bit property (a property that we define in this work).

Our scheme is succinct in the sense that the running time of the verifier in the commitment phase depends only on the security parameter (independent of the size of the committed state), and its running time in the opening phase grows only with the number of qubits that are being opened (and the security parameter).  As a corollary we obtain a classical succinct argument system for QMA under the post-quantum LWE assumption.  Previously, this was only known assuming post-quantum secure indistinguishability obfuscation.  As an additional corollary we obtain a generic way of converting any X/Z quantum PCP into a succinct argument system under the quantum hardness of LWE.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2024/606

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