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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
Characterizing quantum theory in terms of informationtheoretic constraints
 Foundations of Physics
, 2003
"... We show that three fundamental informationtheoretic constraints—the impossibility of superluminal information transfer between two physical systems by performing measurements on one of them, the impossibility of broadcasting the information contained in an unknown physical state, and the impossibil ..."
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We show that three fundamental informationtheoretic constraints—the impossibility of superluminal information transfer between two physical systems by performing measurements on one of them, the impossibility of broadcasting the information contained in an unknown physical state, and the impossibility of unconditionally secure bit commitment—suffice to entail that the observables and state space of a physical theory are quantummechanical. We demonstrate the converse derivation in part, and consider the implications of alternative answers to a remaining open question about nonlocality and bit commitment. KEY WORDS: quantum theory; informationtheoretic constraints. Of John Wheeler’s ‘‘Really Big Questions,’ ’ the one on which most progress has been made is It from Bit?—does information play a significant role at the foundations of physics? It is perhaps less ambitious than some of the other Questions, such as How Come Existence?, because it does not necessarily require a metaphysical answer. And unlike, say, Why the Quantum?, it does not require the discovery of new laws of nature: there was room for hope that it might be answered through a better understanding of the laws as we currently know them, particularly those of quantum physics. And this is what has happened: the better understanding is the quantum theory of information and computation. 1
Quantum Foundations in the Light of Quantum Information
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATO ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP, MYKONOS GREECE
, 2001
"... In this paper, I try to cause some goodnatured trouble. The issue at stake is when will we ever stop burdening the taxpayer with conferences and workshops devoted— explicitly or implicitly—to the quantum foundations? The suspicion is expressed that no end will be in sight until a means is found to ..."
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In this paper, I try to cause some goodnatured trouble. The issue at stake is when will we ever stop burdening the taxpayer with conferences and workshops devoted— explicitly or implicitly—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 to be better calibrated for a direct assault than quantum information theory. Far from being a strained application of the latest fad to a deepseated 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 has somehow forgotten this.
Interpreting the Quantum
, 1997
"... This paper is a commentary on the foundational significance of the CliftonBubHalvorson theorem characterizing quantum theory in terms of three informationtheoretic constraints. I argue that: (1) a quantum theory is best understood as a theory about the possibilities and impossibilities of informa ..."
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This paper is a commentary on the foundational significance of the CliftonBubHalvorson theorem characterizing quantum theory in terms of three informationtheoretic constraints. I argue that: (1) a quantum theory is best understood as a theory about the possibilities and impossibilities of information transfer, as opposed to a theory about the mechanics of nonclassical waves or particles, (2) given the informationtheoretic constraints, any mechanical theory of quantum phenomena that includes an account of the measuring instruments that reveal these phenomena must be empirically equivalent to a quantum theory, and (3) assuming the informationtheoretic constraints are in fact satisfied in our world, no mechanical theory of quantum phenomena that includes an account of measurement interactions can be acceptable, and the appropriate aim of physics at the fundamental level then becomes the representation and manipulation of information.
The quantum bit commitment theorem
 Foundations of Physics 31: 735–756
, 2001
"... Unconditionally secure twoparty bit commitment based solely on the principles of quantum mechanics (without exploiting special relativistic signalling constraints, or principles of general relativity or thermodynamics) has been shown to be impossible, but the claim is repeatedly challenged. The qua ..."
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Unconditionally secure twoparty bit commitment based solely on the principles of quantum mechanics (without exploiting special relativistic signalling constraints, or principles of general relativity or thermodynamics) has been shown to be impossible, but the claim is repeatedly challenged. The quantum bit commitment theorem is reviewed here and the central conceptual point, that an ``Einstein Podolsky Rosen' ' attack or cheating strategy can always be applied, is clarified. The question of whether following such a cheating strategy can ever be disadvantageous to the cheater is considered and answered in the negative. There is, indeed, no loophole in the theorem. 1.
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 Growth and Business Cycles, I. The Basic Neoclassical Model, J. Monet. Econ
, 1988
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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
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”
QUANTUM INFORMATION THEORY By
"... What are the information processing capabilities of physical systems? As recently as the first half of the 20 th century this question did not even have a definite meaning. What is information, and how would one process it? It took the development of theories of computing (in the 1930s) and informat ..."
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What are the information processing capabilities of physical systems? As recently as the first half of the 20 th century this question did not even have a definite meaning. What is information, and how would one process it? It took the development of theories of computing (in the 1930s) and information (late in the 1940s) for us to formulate mathematically what it means to compute or communicate. Yet these theories were abstract, based on axiomatic mathematics: what did physical systems have to do with these axioms? Rolf Landauer had the essential insight — “Information is physical ” — that information is always encoded in the state of a physical system, whose dynamics on a microscopic level are welldescribed by quantum physics. This means that we cannot discuss information without discussing how it is represented, and how nature dictates it should behave. Wigner considered the situation from another perspective when he wrote about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences”. Why are the computational techniques of mathematics so astonishingly useful in describing the physical world [1]? One might begin to suspect foul play in the universe’s operating principles.