Systematically identifying mechanisms in the control of quantum dynamics

Herschel Rabitz, Abhra Mitra

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This paper introduces a method to quantitatively determine the various pathways taken by a quantum system ill going from the initial state to the fin al target. The mechanism is revealed by encoding a signal in the system Hamiltonian and decoding the resultant nonlinear distortion of the signal in the system time evolution operator , The relevant interfering pathways determined by this analysis give insight into the physical mechanisms operative during the evolution of the quantum system. The mechanism analysis tools reveal the roles of multiple interacting quantum pathways to maximally take advantage of constructive and destructive interference,

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003
Event2nd IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control 2003 - Seville, Spain
Duration: Apr 3 2003Apr 5 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering


  • Control theory
  • Mechanism
  • Quantum mechanics
  • System identification


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