6 December 2002 Control of quantum phenomena through evolutionary engineering: let the system do the thinking
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We discuss a successful application of evolutionary algorithms and femtosecond pulse-shaping technology to the coherent control of quantum phenomena. After a brief review of the field of quantum control, we show how evolutionary algorithms provide an effective and, so far, the only general solution to the problem of managing the complex interplay of interference effects which characterize quantum phenomena. A representative list of experimental results is presented, and some directions for future developments are discussed. The success of evolutionary algorithms in quantum control is seen as a significant step in the evolution of computational intelligence, from evolutionary algorithms, to evolutionary programming, to evolutionary engineering, whereby a hardware system organizes itself and evolves on line to achieve a desired result.
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Herschel Hersch Rabitz, Bruno Bosacchi, "Control of quantum phenomena through evolutionary engineering: let the system do the thinking", Proc. SPIE 4787, Applications and Science of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Evolutionary Computation V, (6 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455860; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.455860

Evolutionary algorithms

Control systems

Pulsed laser operation

Femtosecond phenomena


Genetic algorithms

Quantum computing

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