Do the laws of physics prohibit counterfactual communication?

Hatim Salih, Will McCutcheon, Jonte Hance, John Rarity

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It has been conjectured that counterfactual communication is impossible, even for post-selected quantum particles. We strongly challenge this by proposing exactly such a counterfactual scheme where, unambiguously, none of Alice's photons that make it has been to Bob. We demonstrate counterfactuality experimentally by means of weak measurements, as well as conceptually using consistent histories. Importantly, the accuracy of Alice learning Bob's bit can be made arbitrarily close to unity with no trace left by Bob on Alice's photon.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 4 Jun 2018


  • quant-ph
  • cs.IT
  • math.IT


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