TY - JOUR
AB - Understanding the core content of quantum mechanics requires us to disentangle the hidden logical relationships between the postulates of this theory. Here we show that the mathematical structure of quantum measurements, the formula for assigning outcome probabilities (Born’s rule) and the post-measurement state-update rule, can be deduced from the other quantum postulates, often referred to as “unitary quantum mechanics”, and the assumption that ensembles on finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces are characterized by finitely many parameters. This is achieved by taking an operational approach to physical theories, and using the fact that the manner in which a physical system is partitioned into subsystems is a subjective choice of the observer, and hence should not affect the predictions of the theory. In contrast to other approaches, our result does not assume that measurements are related to operators or bases, it does not rely on the universality of quantum mechanics, and it is independent of the interpretation of probability.
AU - Masanes, Lluís
AU - Galley, Thomas D.
AU - Mueller, Markus P.
DA - 2019/03/25/
DO - 10.1038/s41467-019-09348-x
JF - Nature Communications
PY - 2019
SE - 2019/03/04/
SP - 1361
TI - The measurement postulates of quantum mechanics are operationally redundant
UR - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09348-x#author-information
VL - 10
ER -