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Foundations of Physics

pp 1–6

First Online: 16 June 2017Received: 06 April 2017Accepted: 09 June 2017DOI: 10.1007-s10701-017-0107-2

Cite this article as: Cohen, E. Found Phys 2017. doi:10.1007-s10701-017-0107-2


Despite their important applications in metrology and in spite of numerous experimental demonstrations, weak measurements are still confusing for part of the community. This sometimes leads to unjustified criticism. Recent papers have experimentally clarified the meaning and practical significance of weak measurements, yet in Kastner Found Phys 47:697–707, 2017, Kastner seems to take us many years backwards in the the debate, casting doubt on the very term -weak value- and the meaning of weak measurements. Kastner appears to ignore both the basics and frontiers of weak measurements and misinterprets the weak measurement process and its outcomes. In addition, she accuses the authors of Aharonov et al. Ann Phys 355:258–268, 2015 in statements completely opposite to the ones they have actually made. There are many points of disagreement between Kastner and us, but in this short reply I will leave aside the ontology which is indeed interpretational and far more complex than that described by Kastner and focus mainly on the injustice in her criticism. I shall add some general comments regarding the broader theory of weak measurements and the two-state-vector formalism, as well as supporting experimental results. Finally, I will point out some recent promising results, which can be proven by strong projective measurements, without the need of employing weak measurements.

KeywordsWeak measurements Weak values Pre- and postselected ensembles 

Author: Eliahu Cohen

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