Attaining persistent field-free control of open and closed quantum systems

Erik Anson, Vincent Beltrani, Herschel Rabitz

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124110
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 28 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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