Succinct quantum proofs for properties of finite groups
Abstract
In this paper we consider a quantum computational variant of nondeterminism based on the notion of a quantum proof, which is a quantum state that plays a role similar to a certificate in an NPtype proof. Specifically, we consider quantum proofs for properties of blackbox groups, which are finite groups whose elements are encoded as strings of a given length and whose group operations are performed by a group oracle. We prove that for an arbitrary group oracle there exist succinct (polynomiallength) quantum proofs for the Group NonMembership problem that can be checked with small error in polynomial time on a quantum computer. Classically this is impossibleit is proved that there exists a group oracle relative to which this problem does not have succinct proofs that can be checked classically with bounded error in polynomial time (i.e., the problem is not in MA relative to the group oracle constructed). By considering a certain subproblem of the Group NonMembership problem we obtain a simple proof that there exists an oracle relative to which BQP is not contained in MA. Finally, we show that quantum proofs for nonmembership and classical proofs for various other group properties can be combined to yield succinct quantum proofs for other group properties not having succinct proofs in the classical setting, such as verifying that a number divides the order of a group and verifying that a group is not a simple group.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 September 2000
 arXiv:
 arXiv:cs/0009002
 Bibcode:
 2000cs........9002W
 Keywords:

 Computational Complexity;
 F.1.3;
 F.1.2
 EPrint:
 16 pages, to appear in FOCS'00