## Quantum mechanics as quantum information (and only a little more), Quantum Theory: Reconsideration of Foundations (2002)

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@MISC{Fuchs02quantummechanics,

author = {Christopher A. Fuchs},

title = {Quantum mechanics as quantum information (and only a little more), Quantum Theory: Reconsideration of Foundations},

year = {2002}

}

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In this paper, I try once again to cause some good-natured 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 time-honored 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 takingquant-ph/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 Hilbert-space dimension. 1