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(Non-)Contextuality of Physical Theories as an Axiom

Cabello, A; Severini, S; Winter, A; (2010) (Non-)Contextuality of Physical Theories as an Axiom.

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Abstract

We show that the noncontextual inequality proposed by Klyachko et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 020403 (2008)] belongs to a broader family of inequalities, one associated to each compatibility structure of a set of events (a graph), and its independence number. These have the surprising property that the maximum quantum violation is given by the Lovasz theta-function of the graph, which was originally proposed as an upper bound on its Shannon capacity. Furthermore, probabilistic theories beyond quantum mechanics may have an even larger violation, which is given by the so-called fractional packing number. We discuss in detail, and compare, the sets of probability distributions attainable by noncontextual, quantum, and generalized models; the latter two are shown to have semidefinite and linear characterizations, respectively. The implications for Bell inequalities, which are examples of noncontextual inequalities, are discussed. In particular, we show that every Bell inequality can be recast as a noncontextual inequality a la Klyachko et al.

Type:Article
Title:(Non-)Contextuality of Physical Theories as an Axiom
Additional information:REVTeX4-1, 8 pages
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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