Quantizing ulam's control conjecture

M. Gruebele, P. G. Wolynes

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Like classically chaotic systems, can quantum systems be nudged from a given initial state to any other by arbitrarily weak control fields? We explore a scaling theory that sets fundamental limits on the time required for population transfer with weak control fields. Our results depend on the size of the quantum state space and on the rate and extent of energy flow within the system. When the unperturbed dynamics is quantum localized, the total distance in state space over which control can be achieved grows linearly with the number of photons that are expended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060201
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 6 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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