Indistinguishability and the origins of contextuality in physics

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 377 (2157): 20190150 (2019)
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Abstract

In this work, we discuss a formal way of dealing with the properties of contextual systems. Our approach is to assume that properties describing the same physical quantity, but belonging to different measurement contexts, are indistinguishable in a strong sense. To construct the formal theoretical structure, we develop a description using quasi-set theory, which is a set-theoretical framework built to describe collections of elements that violate Leibnitz's principle of identity of indiscernibles. This framework allows us to consider a new ontology in order to study the properties of quantum systems.

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Décio Krause
Federal University of Santa Catarina

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