Quantum Contextuality As A Measurement Disturbance Effect




La Cour, B. R.

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The question of quantum contextuality in the Mermin-Peres square is considered. It is shown that a deterministic, noncontextual hidden variable model of this problem is not inconsistent with quantum mechanics, contrary to the Kochen-Specker theorem. The key idea is that measurement outcomes may be viewed as deterministic functions of hidden variable states which are disturbed through the process of measurement. This, in turn, implies that the outcome of measuring the product of two commensurate observables need not be equal to the product of the outcomes that would have been obtained had they been measured individually. A critical analysis of some recent and proposed experimental tests of contextuality is also provided.


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Brian R. La Cour. AIP Conference Proceedings 1101, 319 (Mar., 2009); doi: 10.1063/1.3109957