O estado quântico não pode ser interpretado estatisticamente

domingo, novembro 20, 2011

The quantum state cannot be interpreted statistically

Matthew F. Pusey, Jonathan Barrett, Terry Rudolph

(Submitted on 14 Nov 2011)

Quantum states are the key mathematical objects in quantum theory. It is therefore surprising that physicists have been unable to agree on what a quantum state represents. There are at least two opposing schools of thought, each almost as old as quantum theory itself. One is that a pure state is a physical property of system, much like position and momentum in classical mechanics. Another is that even a pure state has only a statistical significance, akin to a probability distribution in statistical mechanics. Here we show that, given only very mild assumptions, the statistical interpretation of the quantum state is inconsistent with the predictions of quantum theory. This result holds even in the presence of small amounts of experimental noise, and is therefore amenable to experimental test using present or near-future technology. If the predictions of quantum theory are confirmed, such a test would show that distinct quantum states must correspond to physically distinct states of reality.

Comments: 4+3 pages, 2+2 figures. Comments very welcome
Subjects: Quantum Physics (quant-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:1111.3328v1 [quant-ph]

Submission historyFrom: Matthew F. Pusey [view email
[v1] Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:10:37 GMT (144kb,D)



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