Quantum coherence inherently affects the dynamics and the performances of a quantum machine. Coherent control can, at least in principle, enhance the work extraction and boost the velocity of evolution in an open quantum system. Using advanced tools from the calculus of variations and reformulating the control problem in the instantaneous Hamiltonian eigenframe, we develop a general technique for minimizing a wide class of cost functionals when the external control has access to full rotations of the system Hamiltonian. The method is then applied both to time and heat loss minimization problems and explicitly solved in the case of a two-level system in contact with either bosonic or fermionic thermal environments.

Variational approach to the optimal control of coherently driven, open quantum system dynamics

Cavina, Vasco;Mari, Andrea;Carlini, Alberto;Giovannetti, Vittorio
2018

Abstract

Quantum coherence inherently affects the dynamics and the performances of a quantum machine. Coherent control can, at least in principle, enhance the work extraction and boost the velocity of evolution in an open quantum system. Using advanced tools from the calculus of variations and reformulating the control problem in the instantaneous Hamiltonian eigenframe, we develop a general technique for minimizing a wide class of cost functionals when the external control has access to full rotations of the system Hamiltonian. The method is then applied both to time and heat loss minimization problems and explicitly solved in the case of a two-level system in contact with either bosonic or fermionic thermal environments.
Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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