Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.030402
Title: Does ignorance of the whole imply ignorance of the parts? Large violations of noncontextuality in quantum theory
Authors: Vidick, T.
Wehner, S. 
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Vidick, T., Wehner, S. (2011). Does ignorance of the whole imply ignorance of the parts? Large violations of noncontextuality in quantum theory. Physical Review Letters 107 (3). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.030402
Abstract: A central question in our understanding of the physical world is how our knowledge of the whole relates to our knowledge of the individual parts. One aspect of this question is the following: to what extent does ignorance about a whole preclude knowledge of at least one of its parts? Relying purely on classical intuition, one would certainly be inclined to conjecture that a strong ignorance of the whole cannot come without significant ignorance of at least one of its parts. Indeed, we show that this reasoning holds in any noncontextual (NC) hidden-variable model (HV). Curiously, however, such a conjecture is false in quantum theory: we provide an explicit example where a large ignorance about the whole can coexist with an almost perfect knowledge of each of its parts. More specifically, we provide a simple information-theoretic inequality satisfied in any NC HV, but which can be arbitrarily violated by quantum mechanics. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Source Title: Physical Review Letters
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/38964
ISSN: 00319007
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.030402
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