Quantum control landscapes

Raj Chakrabarti, Herschel Rabitz

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Numerous lines of experimental, numerical and analytical evidence indicate that it is surprisingly easy to locate optimal controls steering quantum dynamical systems to desired objectives. This has enabled the control of complex quantum systems despite the expense of solving the Schrödinger equation in simulations and the complicating effects of environmental decoherence in the laboratory. Recent work indicates that this simplicity originates in universal properties of the solution sets to quantum control problems that are fundamentally different from their classical counterparts. Here, we review studies that aim to systematically characterize these properties, enabling the classification of quantum control mechanisms and the design of globally efficient quantum control algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-735
Number of pages65
JournalInternational Reviews in Physical Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • Laser chemistry
  • Open quantum systems
  • Optimal control
  • Quantum control experiments
  • Quantum control theory


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