PhilSci Archive

What is quantum information?

Lombardi, Olimpia and Holik, Federico and Vanni, Leonardo (2016) What is quantum information? [Preprint]

This is the latest version of this item.

What is quantum information-New version.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (187kB) | Preview


In the present paper we develop different arguments to show that there are no reasons to consider that there exists quantum information as qualitatively different than Shannon information. There is only one kind of information, which can be coded by means of orthogonal or non-orthogonal states. The analogy between Shannon’s theory and Schumacher’s theory is confined to coding theorems. The attempt to extend the analogy beyond this original scope leads to a concept of quantum information that becomes indistinguishable from that of quantum state. But information is essentially linked with communication, as it is clear in both Shannon’s and Schumacher’s proposals. If we detach information from this link, we are not talking about information but about quantum mechanics.
We also stress the neutrality of information with respect to the physical theories that describe the systems used for its implementation. This view opens the way towards a non-reductive unification of physics: if different physical theories can be reconstructed on the same neutral informational basis, they could be meaningfully compared with no need of searching for reductive links among them.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Quantum information, coding, Schumacher, teleportation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Olimpia Lombardi
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 12:59
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 12:59
Item ID: 12510
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 24 October 2016

Available Versions of this Item

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item