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On Reichenbach's common cause principle and Reichenbach's notion of common cause
"... It is shown that, given any finite set of pairs of random events in a Boolean algebra which are correlated with respect to a fixed probability measure on the algebra, the algebra can be extended in such a way that the extension contains events that can be regarded as common causes of the correlation ..."
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It is shown that, given any finite set of pairs of random events in a Boolean algebra which are correlated with respect to a fixed probability measure on the algebra, the algebra can be extended in such a way that the extension contains events that can be regarded as common causes of the correlations in the sense of Reichenbach's definition of common cause. It is shown, further, that, given any quantum probability space and any set of commuting events in it which are correlated with respect to a fixed quantum state, the quantum probability space can be extended in such a way that the extension contains common causes of all the selected correlations, where common cause is again taken in the sense of Reichenbach's definition. It is argued that these results very strongly restrict the possible ways of disproving Reichenbach's Common Cause Principle.
Local primitive causality and the common cause principle in quantum field theory, Found
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, 2002
"... If {A(V)} is a net of local von Neumann algebras satisfying standard axioms of algebraic relativistic quantum field theory and V 1 and V 2 are spacelike separated spacetime regions, then the system (A(V 1), A(V 2), f) is said to satisfy the Weak Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle iff for every pai ..."
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If {A(V)} is a net of local von Neumann algebras satisfying standard axioms of algebraic relativistic quantum field theory and V 1 and V 2 are spacelike separated spacetime regions, then the system (A(V 1), A(V 2), f) is said to satisfy the Weak Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle iff for every pair of projections A ¥ A(V 1), B ¥ A(V 2) correlated in the normal state f there exists a projection C belonging to a von Neumann algebra associated with a spacetime region V contained in the union of the backward light cones of V 1 and V 2 and disjoint from both V 1 and V 2, a projection having the properties of a Reichenbachian common cause of the correlation between A and B. It is shown that if the net has the local primitive causality property then every local system (A(V 1), A(V 2), f) with a locally normal and locally faithful state f and suitable bounded V 1 and V 2 satisfies the
John von Neumann and the Theory of Operator Algebras
, 1995
"... After some earlier work on single operators, Von Neumann turned to families of operators in [1]... or algebra theory is neither entirely historical nor is it complete. It reflects the scientific taste and knowledge of the authors. The theory of operator algebras is a technical subject and to present ..."
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After some earlier work on single operators, Von Neumann turned to families of operators in [1]... or algebra theory is neither entirely historical nor is it complete. It reflects the scientific taste and knowledge of the authors. The theory of operator algebras is a technical subject and to present a readable account of the development of many years is a difficult task. To facilitate reading, each section begins with an informal review of the essential ideas discussed in the section.
Remarks on Causality in
"... It is shown that the correlations predicted by relativistic quantum eld theory in locally normal states between projections in local von Neumann algebras A(V 1 ); A(V 2 ) associated with spacelike separated spacetime regions V 1 ; V 2 have a (Reichenbachian) common cause located in the union of the ..."
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It is shown that the correlations predicted by relativistic quantum eld theory in locally normal states between projections in local von Neumann algebras A(V 1 ); A(V 2 ) associated with spacelike separated spacetime regions V 1 ; V 2 have a (Reichenbachian) common cause located in the union of the backward light cones of V 1 and V 2 . Further comments on causality and independence in quantum eld theory are made.