Exploring the capabilities of quantum optimal dynamic discrimination

Vincent Beltrani, Pritha Ghosh, Herschel Rabitz

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Optimal dynamic discrimination (ODD) uses closed-loop learning control techniques to discriminate between similar quantum systems. ODD achieves discrimination by employing a shaped control (laser) pulse to simultaneously exploit the unique quantum dynamics particular to each system, even when they are quite similar. In this work, ODD is viewed in the context of multiobjective optimization, where the competing objectives are the degree of similarity of the quantum systems and the level of controlled discrimination that can be achieved. To facilitate this study, the D-MORPH gradient algorithm is extended to handle multiple quantum systems and multiple objectives. This work explores the trade-off between laser resources (e.g., the length of the pulse, fluence, etc.) and ODD's ability to discriminate between similar systems. A mechanism analysis is performed to identify the dominant pathways utilized to achieve discrimination between similar systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number164112
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - May 12 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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