Unified analysis of terminal-time control in classical and quantum systems
Department of Chemistry, Princeton University - Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Accepted: 14 September 2010
Many phenomena in physics, chemistry, and biology involve seeking an optimal control to maximize an objective for a classical or quantum system which is open and interacting with its environment. The complexity of finding an optimal control for maximizing an objective is strongly affected by the possible existence of sub-optimal maxima. Within a unified framework under specified conditions, control objectives for maximizing at a terminal-time physical observables of open classical and quantum systems are shown to be inherently free of sub-optimal maxima. This attractive feature is of central importance for enabling the discovery of controls in a seamless fashion in a wide range of phenomena transcending the quantum and classical regimes.
PACS: 02.30.Yy – Control theory / 05.20.Gg – Classical ensemble theory / 05.30.Ch – Quantum ensemble theory
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