Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 91, Issue 3, pp 393–398 | Cite as

Quantum correlations from local amplitudes and the resolution of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen nonlocality puzzle

  • C. S. Unnikrishnan
Quantum Information and Quantum Measurements


The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) nonlocality puzzle has been recognized as one of the most important unresolved issues in the foundational aspects of quantum mechanics. We show that the problem is more or less entirely resolved, if the quantum correlations are calculated directly from local quantities, which preserve the phase information in the quantum system. We assume strict locality for the probability amplitudes instead of local realism for the outcomes and calculate an amplitude correlation function. Then the experimentally observed correlation of outcomes is calculated from the square of the amplitude correlation function. Locality of amplitudes implies that measurement on one particle does not collapse the companion particle to a definite state. Apart from resolving the EPR puzzle, this approach shows that the physical interpretation of apparently “nonlocal” effects, such as quantum teleportation and entanglement swapping, are different from what is usually assumed. Bell-type measurements do not change distant states. Yet the correlations are correctly reproduced, when measured, if complex probability amplitudes are treated as the basic local quantities. As examples, we derive the quantum correlations of two-particle maximally entangled states and the three-particle Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger entangled state.


Entangle State Quantum Correlation Geometric Phase Quantum Teleportation Bell Inequality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Unnikrishnan
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    • 2
  1. 1.Gravitation GroupTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.NAPP GroupIndian Institute of AstrophysicsKoramangala, BangaloreIndia

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