Characterizing quantum theory in terms of information-theoretic constraints

TitleCharacterizing quantum theory in terms of information-theoretic constraints
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsClifton, R, Bub, J, Halvorson, H
JournalFoundations of Physics
Pages1561 - 1591
Date Published2003/11/01

We show that three fundamental information-theoretic constraints--the
impossibility of superluminal information transfer between two physical systems
by performing measurements on one of them, the impossibility of broadcasting
the information contained in an unknown physical state, and the impossibility
of unconditionally secure bit commitment--suffice to entail that the
observables and state space of a physical theory are quantum-mechanical. We
demonstrate the converse derivation in part, and consider the implications of
alternative answers to a remaining open question about nonlocality and bit

Short TitleFoundations of Physics 33