We show that finite-dimensional order unit spaces equipped with a continuous sequential product as defined by Gudder and Greechie are homogeneous and self-dual. As a consequence of the Koecher-Vinberg theorem, these spaces therefore correspond to Euclidean Jordan algebras. We remark on the significance of this result in the context of reconstructions of quantum theory. In particular, we show that sequential product spaces must be C*-algebras when their vector space tensor product is also a sequential product space (in the parlance of operational theories, when the space "allows a local composite"). We also show that sequential product spaces in infinite dimension correspond to JB-algebras when a few additional conditions are satisfied. Finally, we remark on how changing the axioms of the sequential product might lead to a new characterization of homogeneous cones.
Journal of Mathematical Physics
- Pub Date:
- June 2019
- Quantum Physics
- Original paper title was "Sequential Measurement Characterises Quantum Theory". It has been changed to reflect a change in focus of the paper. v3: Updated to journal version