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Local primitive causality and the common cause principle in quantum field theory

Rédei, Miklós ORCID: 0000-0001-5298-1443 and Summers, Stephen J. (2002) Local primitive causality and the common cause principle in quantum field theory. Foundations of Physics, 32 (3). pp. 335-355. ISSN 0015-9018

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Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1014869211488

Abstract

If A (V) is a net of local von Neumann algebras satisfying standard axioms of algebraic relativistic quantum field theory and V 1 and V 2 are spacelike separated spacetime regions, then the system ( A (V 1 ), A (V 2 ), φ) is said to satisfy the Weak Reichenbach's Common Cause Principle iff for every pair of projections A∈ A (V 1 ), B∈ A (V 2 ) correlated in the normal state φ there exists a projection C belonging to a von Neumann algebra associated with a spacetime region V contained in the union of the backward light cones of V 1 and V 2 and disjoint from both V 1 and V 2 , a projection having the properties of a Reichenbachian common cause of the correlation between A and B. It is shown that if the net has the local primitive causality property then every local system ( A (V 1 ), A (V 2 ), φ) with a locally normal and locally faithful state φ and suitable bounded V 1 and V 2 satisfies the Weak Reichenbach's Common Cause Principle.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/physics/history+%26+philos...
Additional Information: © 2002 Springer Netherlands
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 09:56
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 02:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49736

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