International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 44, Issue 11, pp 1977–1987

Logical Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes, Measurement-Disturbance and Contextuality


DOI: 10.1007/s10773-005-8975-1

Cite this article as:
Leifer, M.S. & Spekkens, R.W. Int J Theor Phys (2005) 44: 1977. doi:10.1007/s10773-005-8975-1


Many seemingly paradoxical effects are known in the predictions for outcomes of measurements made on pre- and post-selected quantum systems. A class of such effects, which we call ‘`logical pre- and post-selection paradoxes,’' bear a striking resemblance to proofs of the Bell-Kochen-Specker theorem, which suggests that they demonstrate the contextuality of quantum mechanics. Despite the apparent similarity, we show that such effects can occur in noncontextual hidden variable theories, provided measurements are allowed to disturb the values of the hidden variables.

Key Words

pre-selection post-selection contextuality hidden variables ABL rule 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Perimeter Institute for Theoretical PhysicsWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Perimeter Institute for Theoretical PhysicsWaterlooCanada

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