Quantum control landscape of bipartite systems

Robert L. Kosut, Christian Arenz, Herschel Rabitz

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The control landscape of a quantum system A interacting with another quantum system B is studied. Only system A is accessible through time dependent controls, while system B is not accessible. The objective is to find controls that implement a desired unitary transformation on A, regardless of the evolution on B, at a sufficiently large final time. The freedom in the evolution on B is used to define an extended control landscape on which the critical points are investigated in terms of kinematic and dynamic gradients. A spectral decomposition of the corresponding extended unitary system simplifies the landscape analysis which provides: (i) a sufficient condition on the rank of the dynamic gradient of the extended landscape that guarantees a trap free search for the final time unitary matrix of system A, and (ii) a detailed decomposition of the components of the overall dynamic gradient matrix. Consequently, if the rank condition is satisfied, a gradient algorithm will find the controls that implements the target unitary on system A. It is shown that even if the dynamic gradient with respect to the controls alone is not full rank, the additional flexibility due to the parameters that define the extended landscape still can allow for the rank condition of the extended landscape to hold. Moreover, satisfaction of the latter rank condition subsumes any assumptions about controllability, reachability and control resources. Here satisfaction of the rank condition is taken as an assumption. The conditions which ensure that it holds remain an open research question. We lend some numerical support with two common examples for which the rank condition holds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number165305
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number16
StatePublished - Mar 28 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • control
  • landscape
  • quantum


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