quasi-state

**algebraic quantum field theory** (perturbative, on curved spacetimes, homotopical)

In quantum mechanics, a *quasi-state* on an algebra of observables $A$ is a function $\rho : A \to \mathbb{C}$ that is required to satisfy the axioms of a genuine state (linearity and positivity) only on the poset of commutative subalgebras of $A$.

While therefore the condition on quasi-states is much weaker than that for states, Gleason's theorem asserts that if $A = B(H)$ for $dim H \gt 2$, then all quasi-states are in fact already genuine quantum states.

Notice that a quasi-state is naturally regarded as an actual state, but internal to the ringed topos over the poset of commutative subalgebras of $A$ – the “Bohr topos”. Therefore Gleason's theorem is one of the motivations for regarding this ringed topos as the quantum phase space (“Bohrification”.) The other is the Kochen-Specker theorem.

Revised on October 3, 2013 00:33:36
by Urs Schreiber
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