Daniel Rohrlich

Comment on “Role of potentials in the Aharonov-Bohm effect”

Yakir Aharonov, Eliahu Cohen, and Daniel Rohrlich Are the electromagnetic scalar and vector potentials dispensable? Vaidman [Phys. Rev. A 86, 040101(R) (2012)] has suggested that local interactions of gauge-invariant quantities, e.g., magnetic torques, suffice for the description of all quantum electromagnetic phenomena. We analyze six thought experiments that challenge this suggestion. All of them have explanations in terms of local interactions of gauge-dependent quantities, and,… Read more →

Protective measurements and the PBR theorem

Guy Hetzroni and Daniel Rohrlich Forthcoming in Protective Measurement and Quantum Reality: Towards a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics (CUP, 2015) Protective measurements illustrate how Yakir Aharonov’s fundamental insights into quantum theory yield new experimental paradigms that allow us to test quantum mechanics in ways that were not possible before. As for quantum theory itself, protective measurements demonstrate that a quantum… Read more →

A reasonable thing that just might work

Daniel Rohrlich Submitted to “Quantum Nonlocality and Reality – 50 Years of Bell’s theorem” In 1964, John Bell proved that quantum mechanics is “unreasonable” (to use Einstein’s term):  there are nonlocal bipartite quantum correlations.  But they are not the most nonlocal bipartite correlations consistent with relativistic causality (“no superluminal signalling”):  also maximally nonlocal “superquantum” (or “PR-box”) correlations are consistent with… Read more →