Journal Article No-Hypersignaling Principle

Dall’Arno, Michele  ,  Brandsen, Sarah  ,  Tosini, Alessandro  ,  Buscemi, Francesco  ,  Vedral, Vlatko

119 ( 2 )  , pp.020401 - 020401 , 2017-07-14 , American Physical Society
A paramount topic in quantum foundations, rooted in the study of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox and Bell inequalities, is that of characterizing quantum theory in terms of the spacelike correlations it allows. Here, we show that to focus only on spacelike correlations is not enough: we explicitly construct a toy model theory that, while not contradicting classical and quantum theories at the level of spacelike correlations, still displays an anomalous behavior in its timelike correlations. We call this anomaly, quantified in terms of a specific communication game, the “hypersignaling” phenomena. We hence conclude that the “principle of quantumness,” if it exists, cannot be found in spacelike correlations alone: nontrivial constraints need to be imposed also on timelike correlations, in order to exclude hypersignaling theories.

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