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Quantum mechanics as quantum information (and only a little more), Quantum Theory: Reconsideration of Foundations
, 2002
"... In this paper, I try once again to cause some goodnatured trouble. The issue remains, when will we ever stop burdening the taxpayer with conferences devoted to the quantum foundations? The suspicion is expressed that no end will be in sight until a means is found to reduce quantum theory to two or ..."
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In this paper, I try once again to cause some goodnatured trouble. The issue remains, when will we ever stop burdening the taxpayer with conferences devoted to the quantum foundations? The suspicion is expressed that no end will be in sight until a means is found to reduce quantum theory to two or three statements of crisp physical (rather than abstract, axiomatic) significance. In this regard, no tool appears better calibrated for a direct assault than quantum information theory. Far from a strained application of the latest fad to a timehonored problem, this method holds promise precisely because a large part—but not all—of the structure of quantum theory has always concerned information. It is just that the physics community needs reminding. This paper, though takingquantph/0106166 as its core, corrects one mistake and offers several observations beyond the previous version. In particular, I identify one element of quantum mechanics that I would not label a subjective term in the theory—it is the integer parameter D traditionally ascribed to a quantum system via its Hilbertspace dimension. 1
Elements of informationtheoretic derivation of the formalism of quantum theory
 International Journal of Quantum Information
"... Informationtheoretic derivations of the formalism of quantum theory have recently attracted much attention. We analyze the axioms underlying a few such derivations and propose a conceptual framework in which, by combining several approaches, one can retrieve more of the conventional quantum formali ..."
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Informationtheoretic derivations of the formalism of quantum theory have recently attracted much attention. We analyze the axioms underlying a few such derivations and propose a conceptual framework in which, by combining several approaches, one can retrieve more of the conventional quantum formalism.
Quantum information and computation
 arXiv:quantph/0512125. Forthcoming in Butterfield and Earman (eds.) Handbook of Philosophy of Physics
, 2005
"... This Chapter deals with theoretical developments in the subject of quantum information and quantum computation, and includes an overview of classical information and some relevant quantum mechanics. The discussion covers topics in quantum communication, quantum cryptography, and quantum computation, ..."
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This Chapter deals with theoretical developments in the subject of quantum information and quantum computation, and includes an overview of classical information and some relevant quantum mechanics. The discussion covers topics in quantum communication, quantum cryptography, and quantum computation, and concludes by considering whether a perspective in terms of quantum information
Quantum information processing, operational quantum logic, convexity, and th foundations of physics
 Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 34:343–379
, 2003
"... Quantum information science is a source of taskrelated axioms whose consequences can be explored in general settings encompassing quantum mechanics, classical theory, and more. Quantum states are compendia of probabilities for the outcomes of possible operations we may perform on a system: ‘‘operat ..."
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Quantum information science is a source of taskrelated axioms whose consequences can be explored in general settings encompassing quantum mechanics, classical theory, and more. Quantum states are compendia of probabilities for the outcomes of possible operations we may perform on a system: ‘‘operational states.’ ’ I discuss general frameworks for ‘‘operational theories’ ’ (sets of possible operational states of a system), in which convexity plays key role. The main technical content of the paper is in a theorem that any such theory naturally gives rise to a ‘‘weak effect algebra’ ’ when outcomes having the same probability in all states are identified and in the introduction of a notion of ‘‘operation algebra’ ’ that also takes account of sequential and conditional operations. Such frameworks are appropriate for investigating what things look like from an ‘‘inside view,’ ’ i.e., for describing perspectival information that one subsystem of the world can have about another. Understandinghow such views can combine, and whether an overall ‘‘geometric’ ’ picture (‘‘outside view’’) coordinating them all can be had, even if this picture is very different in structure from the perspectives within it, is the key to whether we may be able to achieve a unified, ‘‘objective’ ’ physical view in which quantum mechanics is the appropriate description for certain perspectives, or whether quantum mechanics is truly telling us we must go beyond this ‘‘geometric’ ’ conception of physics.
Influencefree states on compound quantum systems
, 2005
"... Consider two spatially separated agents, Alice and Bob, each of whom is able to make local quantum measurements, and who can communicate with each other over a purely classical channel. As has been pointed out by a number of authors, the set of mathematically consistent joint probability assignments ..."
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Consider two spatially separated agents, Alice and Bob, each of whom is able to make local quantum measurements, and who can communicate with each other over a purely classical channel. As has been pointed out by a number of authors, the set of mathematically consistent joint probability assignments (“states”) for such a system is properly larger than the set of quantummechanical mixed states for the joint AliceBob system. Indeed, it is canonically isomorphic to the set of positive (but not necessarily completely positive) linear maps L(HA) → L(HB) from the bounded linear operators on Alice’s Hilbert space to those on Bob’s, satisfying Tr (φ(1)) = 1. The present paper explores the properties of these states. We review what is known, including the fact that allowing classical communication between parties is equivalent to enforcing “noinstantaneoussignalling” (“no–influence”) in the direction opposite the communication. We establish that in the subclass of “decomposable”
Informationtheoretic principle entails orthomodularity of a lattice
 Foundations of Physics Letters
, 2005
"... Quantum logical axiomatic systems for quantum theory usually include a postulate that a lattice under consideration is orthomodular. We propose a derivation of orthomodularity from an informationtheoretic axiom. This provides conceptual clarity and removes a longstanding puzzle about the meaning o ..."
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Quantum logical axiomatic systems for quantum theory usually include a postulate that a lattice under consideration is orthomodular. We propose a derivation of orthomodularity from an informationtheoretic axiom. This provides conceptual clarity and removes a longstanding puzzle about the meaning of orthomodularity. 1
Complementarity and scientific rationality
 Foundations of Physics
, 2005
"... Abstract: Bohr’s interpretation of quantum mechanics has been criticized as incoherent and opportunistic, and based on doubtful philosophical premises. If so Bohr’s influence, in the prewar period of 19271939, is the harder to explain, and the acceptance of his approach to quantum mechanics over d ..."
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Abstract: Bohr’s interpretation of quantum mechanics has been criticized as incoherent and opportunistic, and based on doubtful philosophical premises. If so Bohr’s influence, in the prewar period of 19271939, is the harder to explain, and the acceptance of his approach to quantum mechanics over de Broglie’s had no reasonable foundation. But Bohr’s interpretation changed little from the time of its first appearance, and stood independent of any philosophical presuppositions. The principle of complementarity is itself best read as a conjecture of unusually wide scope, on the nature and future course of explanations in the sciences (and not only the physical sciences). If it must be judged a failure today, it is not because of any internal inconsistency. Despite the expenditure of much effort, I have been unable to obtain a clear understanding of Bohr’s principle of complementarity (Einstein). Bohr’s point and the central point of quantum mechanics is that no elementary
Relational EPR
, 2007
"... We study the EPRtype correlations from the perspective of the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics. We argue that these correlations do not entail any form of “nonlocality”, when viewed in the context of this interpretation. The abandonment of strict Einstein realism implied by the relat ..."
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We study the EPRtype correlations from the perspective of the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics. We argue that these correlations do not entail any form of “nonlocality”, when viewed in the context of this interpretation. The abandonment of strict Einstein realism implied by the relational stance permits to reconcile quantum mechanics, completeness, (operationally defined) separability, and locality. DOI: 10.1007/s1070100791050 1
TWO THEORIES OF DECOHERENCE
, 2001
"... Theories of decoherence come in two flavors—Platonic and Aristotelian. Platonists grant ontological primacy to the concepts and mathematical symbols by which we describe or comprehend the physical world. Aristotelians grant it to the physical world. The significance one attaches to the phenomenon of ..."
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Theories of decoherence come in two flavors—Platonic and Aristotelian. Platonists grant ontological primacy to the concepts and mathematical symbols by which we describe or comprehend the physical world. Aristotelians grant it to the physical world. The significance one attaches to the phenomenon of decoherence depends on the school to which one belongs. The debate about the significance of quantum states has for the most part been carried on between Platonists and Kantians, who advocate an epistemic interpretation, with Aristotelians caught in the crossfire. For the latter, quantum states are neither states of Nature nor states of knowledge. The real issue is not the kind of reality that we should attribute to quantum states but the reality of the spatial and temporal distinctions that we make. Once this is recognized, the necessity of attributing ontological primacy to facts become obvious, the Platonic stance becomes inconsistent, and the Kantian point of view becomes unnecessarily restrictive and unilluminating. 1