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Quantum information and the PCP theorem

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Raz, R. ; Weizmann Inst., Rehovot, Israel

Our main result is that the membership x ε SAT (for x of length n) can be proved by a logarithmic-size quantum state |Ψ>, together with a polynomial-size classical proof consisting of blocks of length polylog(n) bits each, such that after measuring the state |Ψ> the verifier only needs to read one block of the classical proof. This shows that if a short quantum witness is available then a (classical) PCP with only one query is possible. Our second result is that the class QIP/qpoly contains all languages. That is, for any language L (even non-recursive), the membership x ε L (for x of length n) can be proved by a polynomial-size quantum interactive proof, where the verifier is a polynomial-size quantum circuit with working space initiated with some quantum state |ΨL,n> (depending only on L and n). Moreover, the interactive proof that we give is of only one round, and the messages communicated are classical. The advice |ΨL,n> given to the verifier can also be replaced by a classical probabilistic advice, as long as this advice is kept as a secret from the proven Our result can hence be interpreted as: the class IP/rpoly contains all languages. For the proof of the second result, we introduce the quantum low-degree-extension of a string of bits. The main result requires an additional machinery of quantum low-degree-test.

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Foundations of Computer Science, 2005. FOCS 2005. 46th Annual IEEE Symposium on

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23-25 Oct. 2005

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