Control of quantum phenomena through evolutionary engineering: Let the system do the thinking

Herschel Rabitz, Bruno Bosacchi

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We discuss a successful application of evolutionary algorithms and femtosecond pulse-shaping technology to the coherent control of quantum phenomena. After a brief review of the field of quantum control, we show how evolutionary algorithms provide an effective and, so far, the only general solution to the problem of managing the complex interplay of interference effects which characterize quantum phenomena. A representative list of experimental results is presented, and some directions for future developments are discussed. The success of evolutionary algorithms in quantum control is seen as a significant step in the evolution of computational intelligence, from evolutionary algorithms, to evolutionary programming, to evolutionary engineering, whereby a hardware system organizes itself and evolves on line to achieve a desired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventApplications and Science of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Evolutionary Computation V - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2002Jul 10 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Control of quantum phenomena
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Evolutionary engineering


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