Time symmetry in operational theories


Hardy, L. (2021). Time symmetry in operational theories. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/21060084


Hardy, Lucien. Time symmetry in operational theories. Perimeter Institute, Jun. 04, 2021, https://pirsa.org/21060084


          @misc{ pirsa_21060084,
            doi = {10.48660/21060084},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/21060084},
            author = {Hardy, Lucien},
            keywords = {Quantum Foundations},
            language = {en},
            title = {Time symmetry in operational theories},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2021},
            month = {jun},
            note = {PIRSA:21060084 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Lucien Hardy Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


The standard operational probabilistic framework (within which Quantum Theory can be formulated) is time asymmetric.  This is clear because the conditions on allowed operations include a time asymmetric causality condition.  This causality condition enforces that future choices do not influence past events.  To formulate operational theories in a time symmetric way I modify the basic notion of an operation allowing classical incomes as well as classical outcomes.  I provide a new time symmetric causality condition which I call double causality.  I apply these ideas to Quantum Theory proving, along the way, a time symmetric version of the Stinespring extension theorem using double causality.  I also propose the idea of a conditional frame of reference.  We can transform from the time symmetric frame of reference to a forward or a backward frame of reference.  This talk is based on arXiv:2104.00071.