Almost Equivalent Paradigms of Contextuality

Linde Wester
(University of Oxford)

Various frameworks that generalise the notion of contextuality in theories of physics have been proposed; one is the sheaf-theoretic approach by Abramsky and Brandenburger; an other is the equivalence-based approach by Spekkens. We show that these frameworks are equivalent for scenarios with preparations and measurements, whenever factorizability is justified. This connection gives rise to a categorical isomorphism between suitable categories. We combine the advantages of the two approaches to derive a canonical method for detecting contextuality in such settings.

In Bob Coecke and Aleks Kissinger: Proceedings 14th International Conference on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL 2017), Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 3-7 July 2017, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 266, pp. 1–22.
Published: 27th February 2018.

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