[Paper Pick] Quantum Blockchain Using Entanglement in Time

This week’s paper pick, published by Del Rajan and Matt Visser from Victoria University of Wellington on April 17, 2018, is a conceptual design for a quantum blockchain.

A conceptual design for a quantum blockchain is proposed. Our method involves encoding the blockchain into a temporal GHZ (Greenberger–Horne–Zeilinger) state of photons that do not simul- taneously coexist. It is shown that the entanglement in time, as opposed to an entanglement in space, provides the crucial quantum advantage. All the subcomponents of this system have already been shown to be experimentally realized. Perhaps more shockingly, our encoding procedure can be interpreted as non-classically influencing the past; hence this decentralized quantum blockchain can be viewed as a quantum networked time machine.

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