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Anonymous Conference Key Agreement using GHZ states

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This example protocol achieves the functionality of quantum conference key agreement anonymously. This protocol allows multiple parties in a quantum network to establish a shared secret key anonymously.




  • First, the sender notifies each receiver in the network anonymously
  • The entanglement source generates and distributes sufficient GHZ states to all nodes in the network
  • The GHZ states are distilled to establish multipartite entanglement shared only by the participating parties (the sender and receivers)
  • Each GHZ state is randomly chosen to be used for either Verification or Key Generation. For Key Generation rounds, a single bit of the key is established using one GHZ state by measuring in the Z-basis
  • If the sender is content with the Verification results, they can anonymously validate the protocol and conclude that the key has been established successfully.


Protocol Description

Protocol 1: Anonymous Verifiable Conference Key Agreement

Input: Parameters   and  

Requirements: A source of n-party GHZ states; private randomness sources; a randomness source that is not associated with any party; a classical broadcasting channel; pairwise private communication channels

Goal: Anonymoous generation of key between sender and   receivers

  1. The sender notifies the   receivers by running the Notification protocol
  2. The source generates and shares   GHZ states
  3. The parties run the Anonymous Multipartite Entanglement protocol on the GHZ states
  4. For each  -partite GHZ state, the parties do the following:
    • They ask a source of randomness to broadcast a bit   such that Pr 
    • Verification round: If b = 0, the sender runs Verification as verifier on the state corresponding to that round, while only considering the announcements of the   receivers. The remaining parties announce random values.
    • KeyGen round: If b = 1, the sender and receivers measure in the Z-basis.
  5. If the sender is content with the checks of the Verification protocol, they can anonymously validate the protocol

Protocol 2: Notification

Protocol 3: Anonymous Multiparty Entanglement

Protocol 4: Verification


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