Problem of coherent control in non-Markovian open quantum systems

Carole Addis*, Elsi Mari Laine, Clemens Gneiting, Sabrina Maniscalco

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We critically evaluate the most widespread assumption in the theoretical description of coherent control strategies for open quantum systems. We show that, for non-Markovian open systems dynamics, this fixed-dissipator assumption leads to a serious pitfall generally causing difficulties in the effective modeling of the controlled system. We show that at present, to avoid these problems, a full microscopic description of the controlled system in the presence of noise may often be necessary. We illustrate our findings with a paradigmatic example.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052117
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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