Modelling and feedback control design for quantum state preparation

Ramon Van Handel, John K. Stockton, Hideo Mabuchi

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The goal of this article is to provide a largely self-contained introduction to the modelling of controlled quantum systems under continuous observation, and to the design of feedback controls that prepare particular quantum states. We describe a bottom-up approach, where a field-theoretic model is subjected to statistical inference and is ultimately controlled. As an example, the formalism is applied to a highly idealized interaction of an atomic ensemble with an optical field. Our aim is to provide a unified outline for the modelling, from first principles, of realistic experiments in quantum control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S179-S197
JournalJournal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


  • Continuous measurement
  • Quantum feedback control
  • Quantum filtering
  • Quantum probability
  • Quantum state preparation


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