We investigate the optimal control of open quantum systems, in particular, the mutual influence of driving and dissipation. A stochastic approach to open-system control is developed, using a generalized version of Krotov's iterative algorithm, with no need for Markovian or rotating-wave approximations. The application to a harmonic degree of freedom reveals… (More)
Based on an exact non-Markovian open systems quantum dynamics we demonstrate how to reduce the entropy of an open system through a cooperative effect of driving and dissipation. We illustrate the controlled dynamics in phase space in terms of Wigner functions and discuss the applicability of approximate approaches using master equations.
Standard optimal control methods perform optimization in the time domain. However, many experimental settings demand the expression of the control signal as a superposition of given waveforms. Since this type of constraint is not time-local, Optimal Control Theory cannot be used without modifications. Simplex methods, used as a substitute in this case, tend… (More)
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The exact stochastic decomposition of non-Markovian dissipative quantum dynamics is combined with the time-dependent semiclassical initial value formalism. It is shown that even in the challenging regime of moderate friction and low temperatures, where non-Markovian effects are substantial, this approach allows for the accurate description of dissipative… (More)
Based on recently derived exact stochastic Liouville-von Neumann equations, several strategies for the efficient simulation of open quantum systems are developed and tested on the spin-boson model. The accuracy and efficiency of these simulations is verified for several test cases including both coherent and incoherent dynamics, involving timescales… (More)