Retrieving and routing quantum information in a quantum network

Retrieving and routing quantum information in a quantum network In extant quantum secret sharing protocols, once the secret is shared in a quantum network (qnet) it cannot be retrieved, even if the dealer wishes that his/her secret no longer be available in the network. For instance, if the dealer is part of the two qnets, say $${\mathcal {Q}}_1$$ Q 1 and $${\mathcal {Q}}_2$$ Q 2 and he/she subsequently finds that $${\mathcal {Q}}_2$$ Q 2 is more reliable than $${\mathcal {Q}}_1$$ Q 1 , he/she may wish to transfer all her secrets from $${\mathcal {Q}}_1$$ Q 1 to $${\mathcal {Q}}_2$$ Q 2 . Known protocols are inadequate to address such a revocation. In this work we address this problem by designing a protocol that enables the source/dealer to bring back the information shared in the network, if desired. Unlike classical revocation, the no-cloning theorem automatically ensures that the secret is no longer shared in the network. The implications of our results are multi-fold. One interesting implication of our technique is the possibility of routing qubits in asynchronous qnets. By asynchrony we mean that the requisite data/resources are intermittently available (but not necessarily simultaneously) in the qnet. For example, we show that a source S can send quantum information to a destination R even though (a) S and R share no quantum resource, (b) R’s identity is unknown to S at the time of sending the message, but is subsequently decided, (c) S herself can be R at a later date and/or in a different location to bequeath her information (‘backed-up’ in the qnet) and (d) importantly, the path chosen for routing the secret may hit a dead end due to resource constraints, congestion, etc., (therefore the information needs to be back-tracked and sent along an alternate path). Another implication of our technique is the possibility of using insecure resources. For instance, if the quantum memory within an organization is insufficient, it may safely store (using our protocol) its private information with a neighboring organization without (a) revealing critical data to the host and (b) losing control over retrieving the data. Putting the two implications together, namely routing and secure storage, it is possible to envision applications like quantum mail (qmail) as an outsourced service. Quantum Information Processing Springer Journals

Retrieving and routing quantum information in a quantum network

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Physics; Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics; Quantum Computing; Data Structures, Cryptology and Information Theory; Quantum Physics; Mathematical Physics
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