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Devoted to the conceptual bases of the fundamental theories of physics, to their philosophical and logical premises.

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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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Quantum Logic and Quantum Field Theory

Quantum Logic is a very interesting and powerful answer to the problem of Quantum Mechanics foundations. Nevertheless this approach is usually developed in a non-relativistic framework. Is it still ...
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Understanding the states in Quantum Field Theory

I am self-studying quantum field theory, and I've been struggling to understand the nature of the states that emerge in quantum field theories. After thinking about it, what I think one has in the ...
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What is meant by “quantum steering”?

I have become interested in quantum steering after listening a talk and tried to read more about it. I think I am more confused now. My understanding is as follows: Sharing a (entangled) state, Bob ...
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Modern axioms of quantum mechanics

Recently I have been learning a lot about what kind of axioms and mathematical formulations there are for non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, I am a little confused, because at first I ...
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If the only two empirical measurements we can make are change in length and passage of time, how are dimensions and units of quantities formulated?

So this is something really confusing to me. Recently a professor of mine gave a talk and said something that I thought was very interesting and kind of crazy. "The only two quantitative measurements ...
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What “determines” a specific quantum theory

I'm trying to give a bare bones description of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, for mathematicians. A description of the mathematical machinery. It is meant to answer to the questions: What makes ...
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Is there an official list of the postulates of quantum mechanics?

Having been looking at lecture notes, online sources and books, the list of postulates of quantum mechanics seems to vary. For instance, some sources (my lecture notes, for instance) refer to $|\...
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Spekken toy model: measurement of spin in any direction

Spekkens' toy model [1] can handle the measurement of a spin 1/2 along the directions $x$, $y$ and $z$. Unless I am missing something, it can't handle measurement in any direction. Would there be a ...
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Only gravitation and Newton's $2^{\mathrm{nd}}$ law needed to derive Kepler's laws?

It is known that Kepler's laws of planetary motion can be derived from Newton's laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation. However, are all of Newton's laws of motion necessary? According ...
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What is the role of metric transitivity in statistical mechanics?

I was reading a paper of E.T. Jaynes 'Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics'. There he mentions the following principle in the section 'Application to Statistical Mechanics': The link to paper ...
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Local determinism vs. Local realism vs. Local causality

I found the following definitions for the three different terms. Do you find these definitions exhaustive, or can you suggest more precise formulations? Quoting the wikipedia page on Local realism: ...
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What is the difference between no-disturbance principle and non-contextuality?

The no-disturbance (ND) principle states that, for any three observables A, B, and C such that A and B are compatible, and A and C are compatible, the probabilities of outcomes of A do not depend on ...
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Causality in Quantum mechanics

If we consider a quantum preparation procedure on a system followed by a projection measurement as constituting two sequential events in space-time (which seems plausible ,given that the Copenhagen ...
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Interpretation of quantum superposition and classical Brownian motion

In the standard, Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, the usual ontology assigned to the phenomenon that repeated measurements of a quantum mechanical observable yielding different results ...
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Why not measure the velocity of a quantum particle by $\frac{\Delta \vec{x}}{\Delta t}$

Why is it not possible in quantum mechanics to measure the velocity (and thus momentum) of a particle just by two position and time measurements and get it approximately by $$ \vec{v} = \frac{\vec{x}...
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Ontic state space from operational structures

Operationalism eschews a notion of system state in favour of the empirical behaviours of preparation and measurement. Abramsky has formalized operational structures as Chu spaces. It would be nice ...
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Can quantum field theory be seen as an epistemic restriction on (quantum) causal structure

Suppose we take Vicary's quantum harmonic oscilator as a kind of "toy quantum field theory". Next, take the category of internal comonoids to not represent the background causal structure. We ...
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Does it make sense to speak of amplitudes of finite closed boundaries in QFT?

A example of amplitude in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics or specifically in QFT is the amplitude of a field configuration on a space-like hyper-surface of space-time to "lead" to another field ...
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Is there a theory on the creation and genesis of fields?

I do not intend to ask theological questions on PSE, so, you can interpret, if you want, this question on a purely physical basis. Almost everywhere, in classical and non-classical physical theories, ...
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Can bipartite mixed entangled states show Hardy nonlocality?

I understand that apart from maximally entangled states, all pure entangled states yield Hardy correlations for certain measurement settings. Can the same be told for mixed entangled states?
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Does the Yang Mills Mass Gap represent “Absolute Bottom”?

The question of the existence of a Yang Mills mass gap is a complex and technical one. In this paper Philip Gibbs asks "Is fundamentality then a relative concept with no absolute bottom, or is there ...
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What is the content of an occupied QFT fermionic state?

A simple non-interacting quantum field is constructed by analogy to a harmonic oscillator, with $\hat{x}$ & $\hat{p}$ replaced by operator-valued distributions $\hat{\phi}(r)$ & $\hat{\pi}(r)$,...
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Experiments are monads (I think), but are they comonads too?

Quantum theory is equally an epistemic (ie about information) and ontic theory (see "reality of the wavefunction" on Google Scholar). My question is about a theory that aligns with this, ie, the ...
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On explaining QM by modeling the observation mechanism using a density operator

I just have some elementary thoughts on the foundations of QM, based on modeling the observation mechanism by a density operator. A density operator is a weighted sum of orthogonal projections on the ...
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Derivable Concepts in Mechanics and Electromagnetism

In Classical Mechanics, one of the possible foundations is based on three concepts aka mass(equivalent to energy), length and time. This is a foundation because we can model everything ( pressure, ...
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finetuned quantum experiments by Murch lab, do any have dynamics outside of basic QM formalism/ axioms?

a series of very finetuned quantum experiments have been reported by the Murch lab eg in 2 articles in Nature & analysis there,[1][2][3] some leading to dramatic accounts in the media.[4] do ...