Volume 87, Number 2, July 2009
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||18 August 2009|
Optimal control of superconducting N-level quantum systems
LPMMC, CNRS - Université Joseph Fourier - BP 166, 38042 Grenoble-cedex 9, France, EU
2 Institut Néel, CNRS - Université Joseph Fourier - BP 166, 38042 Grenoble-cedex 9, France, EU
Accepted: 17 July 2009
We consider a current-biased dc SQUID in the presence of an applied time-dependent bias current or magnetic flux. The phase dynamics of such a Josephson device is equivalent to that of a quantum particle trapped in a 1D anharmonic potential, subject to external time-dependent control fields, i.e. a driven multilevel quantum system. The problem of finding the required time-dependent control field that will steer the system from a given initial state to a desired final state at a specified final time is formulated in the framework of optimal-control theory. Using the spectral filter technique, we show that the selected optimal field which induces a coherent population transfer between quantum states is represented by a carrier signal having a constant frequency but which is time-varied both in amplitude and phase. The sensitivity of the optimal solution to parameter perturbations is also addressed.
PACS: 85.25.Cp – Josephson devices / 02.30.Yy – Control theory / 03.67.-a – Quantum information
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