Foundations of Physics

, Volume 24, Issue 9, pp 1227–1259 | Cite as

Quantum structures, separated physical entities and probability

  • Diederik Aerts
Part II. Invited Papers Dedicated to Constantin Piron


We prove that if the physical entity S consisting of two separated physical entities S1 and S2 satisfies the axioms of orthodox quantum mechanics, then at least one of the two subentities is a classical physical entity. This theorem implies that separated quantum entities cannot be described by quantum mechanics. We formulate this theorem in an approach where physical entities are described by the set of their states, and the set of their relevant experiments. We also show that the collection of eigenstate sets forms a closure structure on the set of states, which we call the eigen-closure structure. We derive another closure structure on the set of states by means of the orthogonality relation, and call it the ortho-closure structure, and show that the main axioms of quantum mechanics can be introduced in a very general way by means of these two closure structures. We prove that for a general physical entity, and hence also for a quantum entity, the probabilities can always be explained as being due to a lack of knowledge about the interaction between the experimental apparatus and the entity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diederik Aerts
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsFree University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Belgian National Fund for Scientific ResearchBelgium

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