Optimal dynamic discrimination (ODD) was proposed [Li, J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 8125 (2002)] as a paradigm for discriminating noninteracting similar quantum systems in a mixture. This paper extends the ODD concept to optimize a laser control pulse for guiding similar quantum systems such that each exhibits a distinct time series signal for maximum discrimination. The use of temporal data addresses various experimental difficulties, including noise in the laser pulse, signal detection errors, and finite time resolution in the signal. Simulations of ODD with time series data are presented to explore these effects. It is found that the use of an optimally chosen control pulse can significantly enhance the discrimination quality. The ODD technique is also adapted to the case where the sample contains an unknown background species.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry