Quantum mechanical optimal control of physical observables in microsystems

Shenghua Shi, Herschel Rabitz

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A quantum mechanical formalism for the optimal control of physical observables of microsystems is developed. The computational procedure for numerical implementation is presented. Three illustrative examples with a model Morse oscillator show that optimal pumping fields can be found to reach the physical objectives: selective excitations, steering a system to a specified state, and breaking a bond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-376
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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