Quantum States as Objective Informational Bridges

Foundations of Physics 47 (2):161-173 (2017)

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Richard Andrew Healey
University of Arizona
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A quantum state represents neither properties of a physical system nor anyone’s knowledge of its properties. The important question is not what quantum states represent but how they are used—as informational bridges. Knowing about some physical situations, an agent may assign a quantum state to form expectations about other possible physical situations. Quantum states are objective: only expectations based on correct state assignments are generally reliable. If a quantum state represents anything, it is the objective probabilistic relations between its backing conditions and its advice conditions. This paper offers an account of quantum states and their function as informational bridges, in quantum teleportation and elsewhere.
Keywords Quantum state  Quantum information  Quantum teleportation  Delayed-choice entanglement-swapping  EPR-Bohm correlations
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-015-9949-7
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