Contextuality and Indistinguishability
AbstractIt is well known that in quantum mechanics we cannot always define consistently properties that are context independent. Many approaches exist to describe contextual properties, such as Contextuality by Default (CbD), sheaf theory, topos theory, and non-standard or signed probabilities. In this paper, we propose a treatment of contextual properties that is specific to quantum mechanics, as it relies on the relationship between contextuality and indistinguishability. In particular, we propose that if we assume the ontological thesis that quantum particles or properties can be indistinguishable yet different, no contradiction arising from a Kochen–Specker-type argument appears: when we repeat an experiment, we are in reality performing an experiment measuring a property that is indistinguishable from the first, but not the same. We will discuss how the consequences of this move may help us understand quantum contextuality. View Full-Text
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de Barros, J.A.; Holik, F.; Krause, D. Contextuality and Indistinguishability. Entropy 2017, 19, 435.
de Barros JA, Holik F, Krause D. Contextuality and Indistinguishability. Entropy. 2017; 19(9):435.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Barros, José A.; Holik, Federico; Krause, Décio. 2017. "Contextuality and Indistinguishability." Entropy 19, no. 9: 435.
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