Reply to Gao's “On Uffink's criticism of protective measurements”

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (4):519-523 (2013)
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Gao presents a critical reconsideration of a paper I wrote on the subject of protective measurement. Here, I take the occasion to reply to his objections. In particular, I retract my previous claim to have proven that in a protective measurement, the observable being measured on a system must commute with the system's Hamiltonian. However, I do maintain the viability of the interpretation I offered for protective measurements, as well as my analysis of a thought experiment proposed by Aharonov, Anandan and Vaidman against Gao's objections

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