categorical quantum LM- logic algebras



0.1 Quantum LM-algebraic Logic

0.1.1 Fundamental concepts of space and time in quantum theory vs. space-times in general relativity

A notable feature of current 21-st century physical thought involves a close examination of the validity of the classical model of space-time as a 4–dimensional manifold equipped with a Lorentz metric. The expectation of the earlier approaches to quantum gravity (QG) was to cope with microscopic length scales where a traditional manifold structureMathworldPlanetmath (in the conventional sense) needs to be forsaken (for instance, at the Planck length Lp=(Gc3)1210-35m). Whereas Newton, Riemann, Einstein, Weyl, Hawking, Penrose, Weinberg and many other exceptionally creative theoreticians regarded physical space as represented by a continuumMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath, there is an increasing number of proponents for a discrete, ‘quantized’ structure of space–time, since space itself is considered as discrete on the Planck scale. Like most radical theories, the latter view carries its own set of problems. The biggest problem arises from the fact that any discrete, ‘point-set’ (or discrete topology), view of physical space–time is not only in immediate conflict with Einstein’s General Relativity representation of space–time as a continuousPlanetmathPlanetmath Riemann space, but it also conflicts with the fundamental impossibility of carrying out quantum measurements that would localize precisely either quantum events or masses at ‘singular points’ (in the sense of disconnected, or isolated , sharply defined, geometric points) in space–time. Since GR seems to break down at the Planck scale, space–time may no longer be describable by a smooth manifold structure such as a Riemann metric tensor. While not neglecting the large scale classical model, one needs to propose a structure of ‘ideal observations’ as manifest in a limit, in some sense, of ‘discrete’, or at least separablePlanetmathPlanetmath, measurements, where in such a limit it also encompasses the classical event. Further details are given in our recent, related paper [1].

0.2 Quantum Logics (QL) and Logic Lattice Algebras (LA): Operational Quantum Logic (OQL) and Łukasiewicz Quantum Logics (LQL)

0.2.1 Quantum Fields, General Relativity and Symmetries

As the experimental findings in high-energy physics–coupled with theoretical studies– have revealed the presence of new fields and symmetriesMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath, there appeared the need in modern physics to develop systematic procedures for generalizing space–time and Quantum State SpacePlanetmathPlanetmath (QSS) representations in order to reflectPlanetmathPlanetmath these new concepts. In the General Relativity (GR) formulation, the local structure of space–time, characterized by its various tensors (of energy–momentum, torsionPlanetmathPlanetmath, curvature, etc.), incorporates the gravitational fields surrounding various masses. In Einstein’s own representation, the physical space–time of GR has the structure of a Riemannian R4 space over large distancesMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath, although the detailed local structure of space–time – as Einstein perceived it – is likely to be significantly different. On the other hand, there is a growing consensus in theoretical physics that a valid theory of quantum gravity (QG) requires a much deeper understanding of the small(est)–scale structure of quantum space–time (QST) than currently developed. In Einstein’s GR theory and his subsequent attempts at developing a unified field theory (as in the space concept advocated by Leibnitz), space-time does not have an independent existence from objects, matter or fields, but is instead an entity generated by the continuous transformationsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath of fields. Hence, the continuous nature of space–time was adopted in GR and Einstein’s subsequent field theoretical developmentsMathworldPlanetmath. Furthermore, the quantum, or ‘quantized’, versions of space-time, QST, are operationally defined through local quantum measurements in general reference frames that are prescribed by GR theory. Such a definition is therefore subject to the postulatesMathworldPlanetmath of both GR theory and the axioms of local quantum physics (LQP). We must emphasize, however, that this is not the usual definition of position and time observables in ‘standard’ QM. The general reference frame positioning in QST is itself subject to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and therefore it acquires through quantum measurements, a certain ‘fuzziness’ at the Planck scale which is intrinsic to all microphysical quantum systems. Such systems with fuzziness include spin networks that change in time thus giving birth to spin foam.

0.2.2 Operational Quantum Logic (OQL) and Łukasiewicz Quantum Logic (LQL)

As pointed out by von Neumann and Birkhoff in 1930, a logical foundation of quantum mechanics consistent with quantum algebra is essential for both the completeness and mathematical validity of the theory. The development of quantum mechanics from its very beginnings both inspired and required the consideration of specialized logics compatible with a new theory of measurements for microphysical systems. Such a specialized logic was initially formulated by von Neumann and Birkhoff (1932) and called ‘quantum logic’. Subsequent research on MV-logics and quantum logics (Chang, 1958; Genoutti, 1968; Dalla Chiara, 1968, 2004) resulted in several approaches that involve several types of non-distributive latticeMathworldPlanetmath (algebraPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath) for n–valued quantum logics. Thus, modifications of the Łukasiewicz logic algebras that were introduced in the context of algebraic categoriesPlanetmathPlanetmath by Georgescu and Vraciu in 1970 [2], also recently reviewed and expanded by Georgescu in 2006, can provide an appropriate framework for representing quantum systems, or– in their unmodified form- for describing the activities of complex networks in categoriesMathworldPlanetmath of Łukasiewicz logic algebras [3].

0.2.3 Lattices and Von Neumann-Birkhoff (VNB) Quantum Logic: Definitions and Basic Logical Properties

We commence here by giving the set-based definition of a Lattice. An s–lattice 𝐋, or a ‘set-based’ lattice, is defined as a partially ordered setMathworldPlanetmath that has all binary productsPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath (defined by the s–lattice operationMathworldPlanetmath”) and coproductsMathworldPlanetmath (defined by the s–lattice operation “ ”), with the ”partial ordering” between two elements X and Y belonging to the s–lattice being written as “XY”. The partial order defined by holds in L as XY if and only if X=XY (or equivalently, Y=XY Eq.(3.1)(p. 49 of Mac Lane and Moerdijk, 1992).

0.2.4 Łukasiewicz-Moisil (LM) Quantum Logic (LQL) and Algebras

With all truth ’nuances’ or assertions of the type system A is excitable to the i-th level and system B is excitable to the j-th level one can define a special type of lattice which is subject to the axioms introduced by Georgescu and Vraciu in 1970 [2] which then becomes a n-valued Łukasiewicz-Moisil, or LM-algebra. Further algebraic and logic details are provided in ref. [4] and also in [1]. In order to have the n-valued Łukasiewicz logic algebra represent correctly the basic behaviour of quantum systems (that is, as observed through measurements that involve a quantum system interactions with a measuring instrument –which is a macroscopic object), several of these axioms have to be significantly changed so that the resulting lattice becomes non-distributive and also (possibly) non–associative (Dalla Chiara, 2004), in addition to being non-commutative. With an appropriately defined quantum logic of events one can proceed to define Hilbert, or ‘nuclear’/Frechet, spaces in order to be able to utilize the ‘standard’ procedures of quantum theoriesPlanetmathPlanetmath.

0.2.5 Fundamental concepts of algebraic topology with potential application to ontology levels theory and space-time structures

We shall consider briefly the potential impact of novel algebraic topology concepts, methods and results on the problems of defining and classifying rigorously quantum space-times. With the advent of Quantum GroupoidsPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath–generalizing quantum groupsPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath, quantum algebra and quantum algebraic topology, several fundamental concepts and new theoremsMathworldPlanetmath of algebraic topology may also acquire an enhanced importance through their potential applications to current problems in theoretical and mathematical physics, such as those described in [6], and also in subsequent publications [1] and [7].

Now, if quantum mechanics is to reject the notion of a continuum, then it must also reject the notion of the real line and the notion of a path. How then is one to construct a homotopy theory? One possibility is to take the route signalled by Čech, and which later developed in the hands of Borsuk into ‘shape theory’. Thus, a quite general space is studied by means of its approximation by open covers.

A few fundamental concepts of algebraic topology and category theoryMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath are summarized here that have an extremely wide range of applicability to the higher complexity levels of reality as well as to the fundamental, quantum level(s). Technical details are omitted in this sectionMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath in order to focus only on the ontologically-relevant aspects; full mathematical details are however also available in a recent paper by Brown et al (2007) that focuses on a mathematical/conceptual framework for a completely formal approach to categorical ontology and the theory of levels.

0.3 Local–to–global (LG) Construction Principles Consistent with AQFT

A novel approach to QST construction in algebraic/axiomatic QFT (AQFT) involves the use of generalized fundamental theorems of algebraic topology from specialized, ‘globally well-behaved’ topological spacesMathworldPlanetmath, to arbitrary ones (Baianu et al, 2007c). In this category, are the generalized, Higher Homotopy van Kampen theorems (HHvKT) of algebraic topology with novel and unique non-AbelianMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath applications. Such theorems greatly aid the calculation of higher homotopy of topological spaces. R. Brown and coworkers (1999, 2004a,b,c) generalized the van Kampen theoremMathworldPlanetmath, at first to fundamental groupoidsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath on a set of base points (Brown,1967), and then, to higher dimensional algebrasPlanetmathPlanetmath involving, for example, homotopy double groupoidsPlanetmathPlanetmath and 2-categories (Brown, 2004a). The more sensitive algebraic invariant of topological spaces seems to be, however, captured only by cohomologyPlanetmathPlanetmath theory through an algebraic ring structure that is not accessiblePlanetmathPlanetmath either in homologyMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath theory, or in the existing homotopy theory. Thus, two arbitrary topological spaces that have isomorphicPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath homology groups may not have isomorphic cohomological ring structures, and may also not be homeomorphicMathworldPlanetmath, even if they are of the same homotopy typeMathworldPlanetmath. Furthermore, several non-Abelian results in algebraic topology could only be derived from the Generalized van Kampen theorem (viz. Brown, 2004a), so that one may find links of such results to the expected ‘non-commutative geometrical’ structure of quantized space–time (Connes, 1994). In this context, the important algebraic–topological concept of a Fundamental Homotopy Groupoid (FHG) is applied to a quantum topological space (QTS) as a “partial classifier” of the invariant topological propertiesof quantum spaces of any dimensionMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath; quantum topological spaces are then linked together in a crossed complex over a quantum groupoid (Baianu, Brown and Glazebrook, 2006), thus suggesting the construction of global topological structures from local ones with well-defined quantum homotopy groupoids. The latter theme is then further pursued through defining locally topological groupoidsPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath that can be globally characterized by applying the globalization theorem, which involves the unique construction of the holonomy groupoid. How such concepts might be applied in the context of algebraic or axiomatic quantum field theories (AQFT) will be separately considered in order to provide a local-to-global construction of quantum space-times which would still be valid in the presence of intense gravitational fields without generating singularities as in GR. The result of such a construction is a quantum holonomy groupoid, (QHG) which is unique up to an isomorphismMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath.

0.3.1 Physical and Mathematical Theories: Physical Axioms, Principles, Postulates and Laws

The Greeks devised the axiomatic method, but thought of it in a different manner to that we do today. One can imagine that the way Euclid’s ‘GeometryMathworldPlanetmath’ evolved was simply through the delivering of a course covering the established facts of the time. In delivering such a course, it is natural to formalize the starting points, and so arranging a sensible structure. These starting points came to be called postulates, definitions and axioms, and they were thought to deal with real, or even ideal, objects, named points, lines, distance and so on. The modern view, initiated by the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry, is that the words points, lines, etc. should be taken as undefined terms, and that axioms give the relationsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath between these. This allows the axioms to apply to many other instances, and has led to the power of modern geometry and algebra. Clarifying the meaning to be ascribed to ‘concept’, ‘percept’, ‘thought’, ‘emotion’, etc., and above all the relations between these words, is clearly a fundamental but time–consuming step. Although relations–in their turn–can be, and were, defined in terms of sets, their axiomatic/categorical introduction greatly expands their range of applicability well beyond that of set-relations. Ultimately, one deals with relations among relations and relations of higher order.

The more rigorous scientific theories, including those founded in logics and mathematics, proceed at a fundamental level from axioms and principles, followed in the case of ‘natural sciences’ by laws of nature that are valid in specific contexts or well-defined situations. Whereas the hierarchical theory of levels provides a powerful, systemic approach through categorical ontology, the foundation of science involves universalPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath models and theories pertaining to different levels of reality. Such theories are based on axioms, principles, postulates and laws operating on distinct levels of reality with a specific degree of complexity.

Because of such distinctions, inter-level principles or laws are rare and over-simplified principles abound. As relevant examples, consider the chemical/biochemical thermodynamics, physical biochemistry and molecular biology fields which have developed a rich structure of specific-level laws and principles, however, without ‘breaking through’ to the higher, emergent/integrative level of organismic biology. This does not detract of course from their usefulness, it simply renders them incomplete as theories of biological reality. With the possible exceptions of evolution and genetic principles or laws, biology has until recently lacked other universal principles for highly complex dynamics in organisms, populations and species, as it will be shown in the following sections. One can therefore consider biology to be at an almost ‘pre–Newtonian’ stage by comparison with either physics or chemistry.

Whereas axioms are rarely invoked in the natural sciences perhaps because of their abstract and exacting attributes, (as well as their coming into existence through elaborate processes of repeated abstraction and refinementMathworldPlanetmath), postulates are ‘obvious assumptionsPlanetmathPlanetmath’ of extreme generality that do not require proof but just like axioms are accepted on the basis of their very numerous, valid consequences. Principles and laws, even though quite strict, may not apply under certain exceptional, or ‘singular’ situations. Natural laws are applicable to well-defined zones or levels of reality, and are thus less general, or universal, than principles. Unlike physical laws that are often expressed through mathematical equations, principles are instead often explained in words, and tend to have the most general form attainable/acceptable in an established theory. It is interesting to note that in Greek, and later Roman antiquity, both philosophers and orators did link philosophy and logic; moreover, in medieval time, first Francis Bacon, then Newton opted for quite precise formulations of “natural philosophy” and a logical approach to ‘objective’ reality. In Newton’s approach, the logical and precise formulation of such “natural principles” demanded the development of mathematical concepts suitable for the exact determination and quantification of the rate of a change in the “state of motion” of any mechanical body, or system. Later philosophical developments have strayed from such precise formulations and, indeed, mathematical developments seem to have lost their appeal in ‘natural philosophy’.

On the other hand, it would seem natural to expect that theories aimed at different ontological levels of reality should have different principles. Furthermore, one may ontologically, address the question of why such distinct levels of reality originated in the first place, and then developed, or emerged, both in space and time. Without reverting to any form of Newtonian or quantum-mechanical determinism, we are also pointing out in this essay the need for developing precise but nevertheless ‘flexible’ concepts and novel mathematical representations suitable for understanding the emergence of the higher complexity levels of reality.

It is also in this context that the ‘local-to-global’ model approach becomes relevant, as in the case of generalized van Kampen theorems.

0.3.2 Symmetry, Commutativity and Abelian Structures

The hierarchy constructed above, up to level 3, can be further extended to higher, n-levels, always in a consistent, natural manner, that is using commutative diagramsMathworldPlanetmath. Let us see therefore a few simple examples or specific instances of commutative properties. The type of global, natural hierarchy of items inspired by the mathematical TC-FNT has a kind of internal symmetry because at all levels, the link compositionsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath are natural, that is, if f:xy and g:yzh:xz, then the composition of morphism g with f is given by another unique morphism h=gf. This general property involving the equality of such link composition chains or diagrams comprising any number of sequential links between the same beginning and ending objects is called commutativity (see for example Samuel and Zarisky, 1957), and is often expressed as a naturality condition for diagrams. This key mathematical property also includes the mirror-like symmetry xy=yx; when x and y are operators and the symbol ’’ represents the operator multiplication. Then, the equality of xy with yx defines the statement that ”the x and y operators commute”; in physical terms, this translates into a sharing of the same set of eigenvalues by the two commuting operators, thus leading to ‘equivalentMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath’ numerical results i.e., up to a multiplication constant); furthermore, the observations X and Y corresponding, respectively, to these two operators would yield the same result if X is performed before Y in time, or if Y is performed first followed by X. This property, when present, is very convenient for both mathematical and physical applications (such as those encountered in quantum mechanics). When commutativity is global in a structure, as in an AbelianMathworldPlanetmath (or commutative) group, commutative groupoidPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath, commutative ring, etc., such a structure that is commutative throughout is usually called Abelian. However, in the case of category theory, this concept of Abelian structure has been extended to a special class of categories that have meta-properties formally similarMathworldPlanetmath to those of the category of commutative groups, Ab-G; the necessary and sufficient conditions for such ‘Abelianness’ of categories other than that of Abelian groups were expressed as three axioms Ab1 to Ab3 and their duals (Freyd, 1964; see also the details in Baianu et al 2007b and Brown et al 2007). A first step towards re-gaining something like the ‘global commutativity’ of an Abelian group is to require that all classes of morphisms [A,B] or Hom(A,B) have the structure of commutative groups; subject to a few other general conditions such categories are called additive. Then, some kind of global commutativity is assured for all morphisms of additive categories. However, further conditions are needed to make additive categoriesMathworldPlanetmath ‘Abelian’, and additional properties were also posited for Abelian categoriesMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath in order to extend the applications of Abelian category theory to other fields of modern mathematics (Grothendieck, 1957; Grothendieck and Dieudoné 1960; Oberst 1969; Popescu 1973.) A Homotopy theory was also formulated in Abelian categories (Kleisli, 1962). The equivalence of Abelian categories was reported by Roux, and important imbedding theorems were proved by Mitchell (1964) and by Lubkin (1960); a characterizationMathworldPlanetmath of Abelian categories with generators and exact limits was presented by Gabriel and Popescu (1964). As one can see from both earlier and recent literature, Abelian categories have been studied in great detail, even though one cannot say that all their properties have been already found.

However, not all quantum operators ‘commute’, and not all categorical diagrams or mathematical structures are, or need be, commutative. Non-commutativity may therefore appear as a result of ‘breaking’ the ‘internal symmetry’ represented by commutativity. As a physical analogyMathworldPlanetmath, this might be considered a kind of ‘symmetry breaking’ which is thought to be responsible for our expanding universePlanetmathPlanetmath and CPT violation, as well as many other physical phenomena such as phase transitions and superconductivity (Weinberg, 2003).


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Title categorical quantum LM- logic algebras
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