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Mathematics 2016, 4(3), 54; doi:10.3390/math4030054

Quantum Incompatibility in Collective Measurements

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DIME, Università di Genova, Via Magliotto 2, I-17100 Savona, Italy
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Turku Centre for Quantum Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland
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Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 84511 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy
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I.N.F.N., Sezione di Milano, Via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano, Italy
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Academic Editors: Paul Busch and Takayuki Miyadera
Received: 29 March 2016 / Revised: 1 September 2016 / Accepted: 3 September 2016 / Published: 10 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mathematics of Quantum Uncertainty)
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Abstract

We study the compatibility (or joint measurability) of quantum observables in a setting where the experimenter has access to multiple copies of a given quantum system, rather than performing the experiments on each individual copy separately. We introduce the index of incompatibility as a quantifier of incompatibility in this multi-copy setting, as well as the notion of the compatibility stack representing various compatibility relations present in a given set of observables. We then prove a general structure theorem for multi-copy joint observables and use it to prove that all abstract compatibility stacks with three vertices have realizations in terms of quantum observables. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum incompatibility; collective measurements; joint measurability hypergraphs; noisy spin observables quantum incompatibility; collective measurements; joint measurability hypergraphs; noisy spin observables
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Carmeli, C.; Heinosaari, T.; Reitzner, D.; Schultz, J.; Toigo, A. Quantum Incompatibility in Collective Measurements. Mathematics 2016, 4, 54.

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