The status of determinism in noncontextual models of quantum theory
Speaker(s): Robert Spekkens
Abstract: In an ontological model of quantum theory that is Bell-local, one can assume without loss of generality that the outcomes of measurements are determined deterministically by the ontic states (i.e. the values of the local hidden variables). The question I address in this talk is whether such determinism can always be assumed in a noncontextual ontological model of quantum theory, in particular whether it can be assumed for nonprojective measurements. While it is true that one can always represent a measurement by a deterministic response function by incorporating ancillary degrees of freedom into one's description (for instance those of the apparatus), I show that in moving to such a representation, one typically loses the warrant to apply the assumption of measurement noncontextuality. The implications for experimental tests of measurement noncontextuality will be discussed.
Date: 02/12/2010 - 3:30 pm
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