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A note on information theoretic characterizations of physical theories

Halvorson, Hans (2003) A note on information theoretic characterizations of physical theories. [Preprint]

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    Clifton, Bub, and Halvorson [Foundations of Physics 33, 1561 (2003)] have recently argued that quantum theory is characterized by its satisfaction of three information-theoretic axioms. However, it is not difficult to construct apparent counterexamples to the CBH characterization theorem. In this paper, we discuss the limits of the characterization theorem, and we provide some technical tools for checking whether a theory (specified in terms of the convex structure of its state space) falls within these limits.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: algebraic quantum theory, quantum information theory, bit commitment, cloning
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Hans Halvorson
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1520

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