On the Quantum Malus Law for Photon and Spin Quantum Correlations

  • Marlan O. Scully
  • K. Wódkiewicz
Conference paper


We present a quantum version of the classical Malus law.1 Using different in form quantum quasi-distributions2–3 we give a unified approach to the problem of locality, positivity and randomness, which are fundamental in the understanding of the violation of the Bell inequalities.


Linear Polarizer Bell Inequality Bloch Sphere Einstein Podolsky Rosen Spin Coherent State 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlan O. Scully
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. Wódkiewicz
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Advanced StudiesUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck Institute for Quantum OpticsGarchingFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsWarsaw UniversityWarsawPoland

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