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Is quantum entanglement functionally equivalent to a measurement?

I saw the following talk the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEaecUuEqfc&feature=share In it, Dr. Ron Garret posits that entanglement isn't really that "special" of a property. He ...
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Quantum computing can be done via measurement alone, why is this significant?

I read in the Afterword section of Nielsen and Chuang's book Quantum Computation and Quantum Information that A second area of progress has been in understanding of what physical resources are ...
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Are the authors saying that the observer effect plays no role in Bohr's thought experiment of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle?

Here is an excerpt from Eisberg & Resnick's Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles. Here is introducing Bohr's though experiment to establish a physical origin for the ...
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How is measurement on system in a Hilbert space seen?

I am a bit confused about different kinds of measurements on a system in state $W$ where $W$ is the density operator in Hilbert space $H$. A general measurement can be given by POVM's, let ...
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Heisenberg uncertainty principle clarification

I found these two examples in a books which demonstrate Heiseberg's uncertainty relation: 1) It shows that when we try to locate a moving electron,we transferred momentum via the photon that we ...
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Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with Knightian freedom the same things in essence?

In his remarkable works (1,2 and their recent development 3) Thomas Breuer proves by diagonalization the phenomenon that the observer cannot distinguish all phase space states of a system where he is ...
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Measurement of the energy of an atom using a cold substance

An atom was prepared in a superposition of ground state and excited states.I propose to measure the state by coupling the system to a cold enough substance. By cold enough I mean $$kT\ll E_1,$$ where ...
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Quantum superposition of macroscopic objects [duplicate]

An extract from this article: Extrapolated to the scales of our everyday life quantum theory leads to situations such as the famous example of Schroedinger's cat: the cat is neither dead nor ...
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Superposition and simultaneous observation

Trying to understand superposition. Ok, so double slit experiment. The multiple paths the particle simultaneously travels interfere with each other but as it is absorbed, it chooses one "actual" ...
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The relation between classical from quantum vs measurement problem

What is the relation between classical from quantum vs measurement problem. On the one hand they seem to be related on the other they seem to be of different nature. We always see our screens in ...
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Has this experiment really demonstrated wave-function collapse?

My question is: why did the following experiment claim that it had demonstrated the wave-function collapse? http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150324/ncomms7665/full/ncomms7665.html I would have no ...
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How do probabilities emerge in the many-worlds interpretation?

My understanding is that at each quantized unit of time that a split occurs, every possible recombination of particles occurs in the 'objective' universe. If this is the case, what relevance to ...
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What is the difference between general measurement and projective measurement?

Nielsen and Chuang mention in Quantum Computation and Information that there are two kinds of measurement : general and projective ( and also POVM but that's not what I'm worried about ). General ...
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What does quantum phenomena exist as prior to observation?

It's been said that according to the Schrodinger equation, independent of observation, particles exist in a state of a wave function, which is a series of potentialities rather than actual objects. ...
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Measurement of quantum state

Consider a particle in a box system. Assume its state to be a superposition of the ground and the first excited energy states. Consider two observers A and B (rest of the world). A made the ...
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How does many-worlds interpretation make measurement unitary?

Does many-worlds interpretation of QM make the process of measurement (wavefunction collapse) be an unitary transform? If so, how does it do this? If we have an "object" qubit in state ...
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Quantum fortune teller

A diffraction pattern in a double slit experiment only occurs if randomness is preserved for which way the photon goes and once certainty is determined by actual measuring the pattern is lost. Can ...
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Post mortem measurement of particle-wave duality

I was wondering what the outcome of this experiment would be: You shoot single photons at a double slit. On their way there you preform a measurement in $x$ so you get the time ($t_0$) the particle ...
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Experimental test of the non-statisticality theorem?

Context: The paper On the reality of the quantum state (Nature Physics 8, 475–478 (2012) or arXiv:1111.3328) shows under suitable assumptions that the quantum state cannot be interpreted as a ...
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Doesn't Schrodinger's Cat depend on whether there's a quantum/classical boundary?

Everyone knows how Schrodinger's Cat is set up, so the question becomes whether there's a quantum/classical boundary and what that boundary is. Some people say everything is quantum while some may ...
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What makes quantum decoherence different from dissipation?

From my understanding quantum decoherence and dissipation are completely different ways of modelling information loss to the environment. Dissipation can be modeled using the Caldeira-Leggett model ...
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Is uncertainty principle a technical difficulty in measurement?

Is the uncertainty principle a technical difficulty in measurement or is it an intrinsic concept in quantum mechanics irrelevant of any measurement? Everyone knows the thought experiment of measuring ...
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The double slit experiment - methods used to observe single photons prior to striking the target

I can accept that when single photons are used in the double slit experiment that a diffraction pattern results at the target due to their wave property. What I am puzzled about is exactly what ...
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How to account for the movement of stars during measurement of parallax

In my GCSE physics class today I was doing revision for my upcoming GCSEs, and we came to parallax measurements, as before my teacher explained that two measurements are taken six months apart as the ...
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How to physically prepare a qubit in a certain state?

I earlier asked the question about definition of a qubit. From it I understood that its the experimental setup that actually defines the qubit. But I don't get it's physical realization. How a qubit ...
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Entanglement and the uncertainty principle

Suppose you have two maximally entangled particles. You measure the spin about the x axis of the first and the spin about the y axis of the second. But both spins cannot be known simultaneously, so ...
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Why isn't everthing in a superposition state? [duplicate]

I know that a superposition is a state in which there are 50% and 50% (other % also) chances of two things to happen so why am I not in a superposition state? Example, I am at rest and i now choose to ...
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Compatible Observables and Measurement

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are compatible observables (i.e. $[A,B] = 0$). We take the eigenkets of $A$ to be $|a_1 \rangle \ldots |a_N \rangle$. Further, we suppose that the first $k$ eignekets of $A$ are ...
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Is a photon always in a state of superposition while traveling through space?

In the double-slit experiment, we emit a photon that is in a state of superposition (wave form) which travels through both slits to interfere with itself. When we measure which slit it went through, ...
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Why superpositions? [closed]

I've seen a lot of stuff on superpositions, namely the double slit experiment. And every video I watch, it tells me the same thing: It's amazing that when these particles are being observed they ...
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What is the meaning of “ Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself”?

I want to know that why the wavefunction Ψ as a complex quantity (i.e $A+iB$ form) in quantum mechanics and somewhere I have studied that Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself that's why we ...
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How does De Broglie–Bohm theory or pilot wave theory explain the results of the Stern–Gerlach experiment?

The Copehagen interpretation of QM explains the Stern–Gerlach experiment by asserting that a particle is in a superposition of states and doesn't have a definite spin until measured. However, the de ...
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What is an observer in quantum mechanics?

My question is not about (pseudo) philosophical debate; it concerns mathematical operations and experimental facts. What is an observer? What are the conditions required to be qualified of observer, ...
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Physical meaning of quantum interpretations [closed]

Do interpretations of quantum mechanics have physical meaning? An argument for no would be the fact that no matter the interpretation, one gets the same measurements. They also do not follow logical ...
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Double slit experiment with animals as observers

I was searching about the double slit experiment, reading and watching videos, etc. If I understood correctly, when they measure the photon it behaves like a particle. On the Youtube video Tom ...
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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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Quantum state of a system after measurements with non-commutative operators

a) Assume two operators $A$ and $B$. 1) Assume $$[A,B]=0 $$ and $$ ψ= \sum c_n u_n ~~~~\text a~ wavefunction~ describing~ the~ state~ of~ the~ system $$ with $$Aψ=a_n u_n $$ $$Bψ=b_n u_n$$ If we ...
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Classical notion of trajectory [closed]

Why the classical notion of trajectory is meaningless in quantum mechanics? I am asking here about notion of trajectory from classical mechanics and why in quantum mechanics we cannot use it or is ...
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Why position and momenta are fluctuating quantities?

In a coordinate basis we have $$\langle \Psi \mid \Psi \rangle = \int \prod_{i=1}^N d^3q_i |\Psi(\textbf{q}_1,\dots,\textbf{q}_N)|^2=1$$ This means that for any quantum state $\mid \Psi ...
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Measurement problem in the orthodox interpretation

Let's look at the measurement problem in the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics as an inconsistency between inner and outer treatment of the measurement apparatus. You can always push your ...
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Born's rule and Schrödinger's equation

In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the equation of evolution of the quantum state is given by Schrödinger's equation and measurement of a state of particle is itself a physical process. Thus, ...
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Are measurement results only orthogonal?

Are all measurement operators on a quantum mechanical system defined by a Hilbert space, such that all possible post-measurement states are orthogonal? For example measuring a qubit in some ...
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Looking for a simple example of generating unequal probabilities in QM

I am trying to understand the problem of branch counting in Everettian interpretations of QM, so I thought I would try to analyze a simple example of starting with equal branch amplitudes that evolve ...
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Unitarity and measurement

I used to believe that the wavefunction collapse came from the interaction of the system we want to measure {S} with the measurement apparatus {M} : {S} undergoing a non unitary transformation, but ...
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In a Stern-Gerlach measurement, does passing particles through the B field influence their spin state?

This question is similar to this post and was influenced by this discussion as well. Assume a Stern-Gerlach apparatus oriented along the z-axis acts as a measurement on the basis of the z-component ...
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Entanglement, real or just math?

I'm new here, actually this is my first question so I'll just get to it. In quantum entanglement when something acts on one particle the other one reacts also, just in reverse (more or less). From ...
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Electrons - What is Waving?

If an electron is a wave, what is waving? So many answers on the internet say "the probability that a particle will be at a particular location"... so... the electron is a physical manifestation of ...
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Are Forces Involved Non-Local?

Below is a copy of a answer given to this Phys.SE question asked previously: Does every material thing just consist in forces? In short, assume that we have two labs A and B, in each one there is ...
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Uncertainty principle and measurement

I would like to really understand how the uncertainty principle in QM works, from a practical point of view. So this is my narrative of how an experiment goes, and I'm quickly in trouble: we prepare ...
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Are there two aspects of Born's rule?

I am having some problem understanding Born's rule. I am getting a little bit confused. Here it goes; Let $f(x,t)$ be a solution of Schrodinger equation. Then Born's rule says that the square modulus ...