We investigate the question of local causality at the statistical level in Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) type situations, taking into account the most general class of measurements envisaged in quantum theory. The condition for local causality at the statistical level used in this paper pertains to the invariance of statistics of measurements on one sub-system with respect to the choice and type of measurements on its correlated partner in the EPR-type examples. Our analysis is based on a criterion for measurements performed on one of the EPR sub-systems, which is more general than the criterion used in the earlier treatments. We discuss both non-absorptive measurements (where the system is available for further observation after the measurement is performed) as well as absorptive measurements (where the system is absorbed in the process of a particular outcome being realized). We show that in the case of arbitrary non-absorptive measurements characterized by operationvalued measures, the requirement of local causality at the statistical level is satisfied and in the process we identify the key inputs in such a proof. We also obtain the specific conditions under which an absorptive measurement satisfies local causality at the statistical level.
Volume 93 | Issue 6
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