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Is Stephen Wolfram's NKS, an attempt to explain the universe with cellular automata, in conflict with Bell's Theorem?

Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) hit the bookstores in 2002 with maximum hype. His thesis is that the laws of physics can be generated by various cellular automata--simple programs ...
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Disproof of Bell’s Theorem

The half-page arxiv doc by Joy Christian of Oxford Uni, UK has the Title and Abstract: Disproof of Bell’s Theorem We illustrate an explicit counterexample to Bell’s theorem by constructing a ...
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Bell polytopes with nontrivial symmetries

Take $N$ parties, each of which receives an input $s_i \in {1, \dots, m_i}$ and produces an output $r_i \in {1, \dots, v_i}$, possibly in a nondeterministic manner. We are interested in joint ...
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What combinations of realism, non-locality, and contextuality are ruled out in quantum theory?

Bell's inequality theorem, along with experimental evidence, shows that we cannot have both realism and locality. While I don't fully understand it, Leggett's inequality takes this a step further and ...
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Bell's theorem and why nonlocality is problematic

I generally hear it assumed that Bell's inequality implies violation of counterfactual definiteness, because locality is considered sacrosanct. I understand of course that measurable violations of ...
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Why can't I use Bell's Theorem for faster than light communication?

I read this description of Bell's theorem. I understand he's restating it slightly, so there may be incorrect assumptions there, or I may have some. I think Bell's theorem should lead to FTL ...
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Interpretation of “superqubits”

Two very intriguing papers recently appeared on the arXiv, claiming that one can use "superqubits" -- a supersymmetric generalization of qubits -- to violate the Bell inequality by more than standard ...
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Why was quantum mechanics regarded as a non-deterministic theory?

It seems to be a wide impression that quantum mechanics is not deterministic, e.g. the world is quantum-mechanical and not deterministic. I have a basic question about quantum mechanics itself. A ...
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How does Bell's theorem rule out the possibility of local hidden variables?

It seems to be common consensus that the world is non-deterministic and this is proved by Bell's theorem. But even though Bell's experiments proved that the theory of quantum mechanics work, How does ...
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Show quantum entanglement to a classical thinker

Can someone describe a simple experiment to convince a person thinking about physics classically (called Claus) that quantum mechanics has something weird, entangled? I mean an experiment that he ...
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States diagonal in the tensor product of Bell states.

Bell-diagonal states are 2-qubit states that are diagonal in the Bell basis. Since those states lie in $\mathbb{C}^{2} \otimes \mathbb{C}^{2}$, the Peres-Horodecki criterion is a sufficient condition ...
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Bells Theorem for Dummies, How does it work?

I've been reading up on theoretical physics for a few years now and I feel like I am starting to get an understanding of particle physics, at least as much as you can from Wikipedia pages. One thing ...
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Bell's Theorem graph

My friends and I got into an argument about determinism, and I brought up that quantum events are random. But I couldn't prove it. I found the Wikipedia page on Bell's theorem, which seems to imply ...
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Assumptions in Bell's Theorem

It is often Stated that Bell's Theorem is equivalent to the statement: No theory of Local Hidden Variables can reproduce all of the predictions of quantum mechanics. I see nowhere in Bell's Theorem ...
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How can we be sure that nature isn't “faking” quantum statistics?

In a recent publication, Experimentally Faking the Violation of Bell’s Inequalities (Gerhardt 2011) (arXiv version), the statistics of quantum mechanics is faked using classical light sources. But if ...
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How do we show that no hidden variable theories can replace QM?

I've always hit two big stumbling blocks in conceiving of the proof or disproof of hidden variable theories as being even valid idea, let alone an answerable question... I feel I must be ...
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On Bell inequality and bound entangled states

I have recently seen some presentation slides of Michał Horodecki (slide number 77) in which he discussed the following conjecture. Bound entangled states satisfy all Bell inequalities The ...
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Determinism loophole?

I was thinking about the question I posted yesterday, and I thought of a better way to ask it. I'm trying to figure out why QM necessitates "pure randomness". Assume you have a photon that has a ...
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Pauli matrices as measurement operators

I am trying to understand a paper on the Bell test experiments. I understand that if we wanted to measure the spin of a spin-1/2 particle in state $\psi$ along the z-axis we would apply the operator ...
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Why would classical correlation in Bell's experiment be a linear function of angle?

Sorry if it's a newbie question, but I have trouble understanding the following part in the Wikipedia's explanation for the Bell's theorem: With the measurements oriented at intermediate angles ...
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Does Bell's theorem rule out the possiblity that measurements are completely determined by events in the past light cone?

I'm studying Bell's theorem and the CHSH inequality for some time. Now it's clear to me that one cannot reproduce the correlations predicted by quantum mechanics by assuming that particles carry ...
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Entanglement, Bohr-Einstein Debate, Bell's Inequality

On BBC episode The Secrets of Quantum Physics (Part 1) Jim Al-Khalili explains quantum mechanics for the layman. In the first half, he does a very good job; in the second half, either he thought his ...
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Tracking down the locality assumption in a CHSH inequality derivation

CHSH inequality requires both locality and realism. I will equate here realism with counterfactual definiteness. Now counterfactual definiteness tells us that given two different measurements on the ...
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Can cellular automata be reconcilied with quantum mechanics?

CAs are deterministic representations of the universe, which, according to the Bell's inequality are not entirely accurate. Cells interact "locally" (only with the closest neighbours), while quantum ...
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Why isn't the best case classical solution to the CHSH game 100%? [closed]

[Edit 2] I would prefer to just forget that I had ever asked this question (because I was so wrong it's embarrassing), but for the sake of people who possibly make the same mistake I did, I'll try to ...
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(thought) experiment re: Bell's Theorem and Schrodinger's cat

I apologize if this question is naive. I am wondering about what would happen with the following experiment. Start with a standard Bell's Theorem setup: We have two quibits entangled in a particular ...
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How are the PPT criterion and Bell's inequality different?

Bell (1964) writes that if we assume an equivalent classical hidden variable distribution for a two-qubit state then the expectation value of the product of two observables $A$ and $B$ can be written ...
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Bell inequality with triplet state

Is it possible to prove Bell inequality starting from a state formed from triplet states, i.e. $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|\uparrow>_A|\uparrow>_B+|\downarrow>_A|\downarrow>_B)$? If not, why? ...
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Does Bell's inequalities also rule out non-computable local hidden variable theories?

I have beenn reading different articles on Bell's assumptions and interpretations, including superdeterminsm. I always end up dizzy when I try tho think about this specific question, so any hints ...
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Measuring Entangled Qubits

Suppose we have a pair of entangled qubits. $$ |\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{ \sqrt{2} } ( |00\rangle + |11\rangle ) $$ Now we give one qubit to Alice and other to Bob. Alice measure the her qubit to ...
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Why does quantum mechanics invalidate one of locality and realism?

I am approaching this from an intuitive perspective and I don't speak the language. However, I have been doing a lot of reading about Bell's Theorum and how invalidates either locality or ...
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What makes Bell's original inequality unsuitable for experiments?

Bell derives the inequality $$|E(\vec{a},\vec{b})-E(\vec{a},\vec{c})|\leq 1+E(\vec{b},\vec{c})$$ in his book Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics. In this derivation he uses the assumption ...
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How do we know that there isn't a classical solution to the measurement problem/Quantum Mechanical uncertainty?

It was mentioned to me that it can be shown that there is no classical explanation for the uncertainty in Quantum Mechanics -- i.e. that there are no hidden workings that we have just not yet seen, ...
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Do Bell inequality violations appear instantly when the source is turned on, or do they increase over time?

This experimental Question is a result of reading a particular article on Bell violations. I addressed the e-mail below to the corresponding authors —because who knows, they might reply— but it is not ...
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Has Bell really demonstrated that no local hidden variable theory can exist in his original paper of 1964? Why then verify the CHSH violation?

The more I read about it and the more I'm convinced I haven't understood what I thought I had. In the original paper ...
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Why are results of Bell's experiments considered to “break realism”?

Related to my previous question (Why would classical correlation in Bell's experiment be a linear function of angle?), as a newbie in quantum mechanics, I am also unable to find the reason to why ...
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What exactly does $S$ represent in the CHSH inequality $-2\leq S\leq 2$?

What exactly does $S$ represent in the CHSH inequality $$-2~~\leq ~S~\leq ~2?$$ Sorry I've been reading for a couple days and I can't figure out what exactly $S$ is and the math is a bit over my ...
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What are the “loopholes” in past Bell's theorem experiments?

I am intrigued by the following Phys.org article: Researchers began using photons in 1980s to test Bell's theory and determine if Einstein's reasoning is right or wrong. Since then, researchers ...
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Can the measurement apparatus cause correlations that violate the Bell's inequality?

If you drop a coin it's affected by the air drag, bounces and tumbles on floor before it settles and you can read whether it was heads and tails. If I understood it right, the Bell's theorem says ...
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Are there any experimental tests of non-locality / Bell inequalities that do not rely on spin?

All the experiments I know, which have been performed to test Bell inequalities, are somehow based on measuring the spin degree-of-freedom of some particle (usually photons, sometimes electrons). I ...
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Is it possible to determine the state or values of something without measuring it

To give context to this question, I am currently looking into non-locality / hidden variables / Bell's Theorem, EPR / etc. I've noticed the assertion that the values / state of something when ...
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What are the Implications of Bell's Theorem?

Consider the following game show: two friends Tom and Jerry (X and Y) are selected from an audience to compete for a grand prize, a brand new Ferrari. The game description: The two contestants ...
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Generalizations of Bell's inequality to quantum field theory

Can anyone refer me to some sources on generalizations of Bell's inequalities to quantum field theory (as opposed to quantum mechanics)? Scalar fields would be enough.
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Is there a cheap way I can do a Bell inequality experiment?

My work is almost completely theoretical/computational. But I'd really like to do a Bell inequality experiment just so I can personally see this (the best way to learn something is hands-on, right?) ...
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Non-locality and Bell's theory

Non-Locality – (just ) one more question? I have read comments that Bell’s theory proves quantum mechanics is non-local, and also comments that it does not. I have read a comment by a very eminent ...
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Question on expression in “J.S.Bell : On the Einstein Podolsky Rosen paradox”

I have a question on the article J. S. Bell, On the Einstein Podolsky Rosen paradox, Physics 1, 195, 1964. (link) My question concerns the expression (3) of the ...
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Photon source for Bell test

Wiki tells us that In practice most actual experiments have used light, assumed to be emitted in the form of particle-like photons (produced by atomic cascade or spontaneous parametric down ...
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On Bell's Inequality (Classical Intuition) and Quantum Mechanical Counter Intuition

This posting is directly related to the issue in The System and the Measuring Gadget. The QM expectation is given by: $$\langle\sigma_{1}.\vec{a}{\;}\sigma_{2}.\vec b\rangle=-\vec a.\vec b$$ In the ...
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Does the order of detection settings matters in CHSH-inequality check experiment?

Does the order of detection settings matters when checking CHSH inequality? For example, i'm trying to build a simple (and very approximate) computer simulation of experiment. Now i'm testing only ab ...
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Detection Angles in Bell-type Experiments

Bell-type experiments look at the violation of this inequality: $|S|\leq 2$. where $S=E(a,b)-E(a,b')+E(a',b)+E(a',b')$ and $E$ is the correlation function. Mathematically, the maximal violation of ...