Natural variables for controlling quantum dynamics

Michael Hsieh, Tak San Ho, Herschel Rabitz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


A quantum control landscape is the expectation value of an observable expressed as a function of the control variables, and the local geometry of the landscape for state-to-state transitions is explored for its implications upon practical searches for optimal controls. The gradient of the landscape with respect to the control field is shown to always lie in a low-dimensional subspace spanned by basis functions bearing specific knowledge of the system physics, thereby comprising a "natural" set of variables for the particular optimal control application. The enumeration of these basis functions provides an upper bound on the required number of properly identified control variables. A specific experimental protocol is suggested to utilize the geometric structure of the landscape for identifying a reduced set of control variables for practical laboratory implementation. Simulations on simple systems are used to illustrate the characteristics of the natural control variables and the prospective experimental protocol. Crown

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 3 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • Dimension reduction
  • Quantum control
  • Quantum control landscape
  • Quantum optimal control


Dive into the research topics of 'Natural variables for controlling quantum dynamics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this