TY - JOUR
AB - Quantum measure theory (QMT) is a generalization of quantum theory where physical predictions are computed from a matrix known as the decoherence functional (DF). Previous works have noted that, in its original formulation, QMT exhibits a problem with composability, since the composition of two decoherence functionals is, in general, not a valid decoherence functional. This does not occur when the DFs in question happen to be positive semidefinite (a condition known as strong positivity). In this paper, we study the concept of composability of DFs and its consequences for QMT. Firstly, we show that the problem of composability is much deeper than originally envisaged, since, for any n, there exists a DF that can coexist with n−1 copies of itself, but not with n. Secondly, we prove that the set of strongly positive DFs cannot be enlarged while remaining closed under composition. Furthermore, any closed set of DFs containing all quantum DFs can only contain strongly positive DFs.
AU - Boës, P.
AU - Navascués, M.
DA - 2017/02/13/
DO - 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.022114
ET - 2017/11/14/
IS - 2
JF - Physical Review A
PY - 2017
SE - 2016/10/24/
SP - 022114
TI - Composing decoherence functionals
UR - https://journals.aps.org/pra/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevA.95.022114
VL - 95
ER -