Persistent quantum control (PQC) aims to maintain an observable objective value over a period of time following the action of an applied field. This paper assesses the feasibility of achieving PQC for arbitrary finite-level systems and observables. The analysis is carried out independent of the particular method used for state preparation. The PQC behavior is optimized over the set of physically accessible prepared states for both open and closed systems. The quality of observable value persistence in the postcontrol period was found to vary with the required duration of persistence, the system temperature, the chosen observable operator, and the energy levels of the system. The alignment of a rigid diatomic rotor is studied as a model system. The theoretical estimates of PQC behavior are encouraging and suggest feasible exploration in the laboratory using currently available technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry