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Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden

Timpson, Christopher Gordon (2003) Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden. [Preprint]


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Deutsch and Hayden claim to have provided an account of quantum mechanics which is particularly local, and which clarifies the nature of information transmission in entangled quantum systems. In this paper, a perspicuous description of their formalism is offered and their claim assessed. It proves essential to distinguish, as Deutsch and Hayden do not, between two ways of interpreting the formalism. On the first, conservative, interpretation, no benefits with respect to locality accrue that are not already available on either an Everettian or a statistical interpretation; and the conclusions regarding information flow are equivocal. The second, ontological, interpretation, offers a framework with the novel feature that global properties of quantum systems are reduced to local ones; but no conclusions follow concerning information flow in more standard quantum mechanics.

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Item Type: Preprint
Timpson, Christopher Gordon
Keywords: Deutsch, Hayden, Heisenberg representation, non-locality, entanglement, information flow, quantum information, locally inaccessible information.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christopher Gordon Timpson
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1617

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