Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 325–342

Quantum nonlocality without counterfactual definiteness?

  • W. M. de Muynck
  • W. De Baere
Article

Abstract

Stapp's recent proof of the nonlocality of quantum mechanics is critically discussed. It is demonstrated that in his derivation of the Bell inequalities an extra requirement, over locality, is used, which is tantamount to counterfactual definiteness, and that is not a consequence of locality.

Keywords

quantum mechanics hidden-variables theory Bell inequalities locality counterfactual definiteness reproducibility 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. de Muynck
    • 1
  • W. De Baere
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory for Theoretical PhysicsState University of GhentGhentBelgium

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