Time-optimal Control of a Dissipative Qubit

A formalism based on Pontryagin’s maximum principle is applied to determine the time-optimal protocol that drives a general initial state to a target state by a Hamiltonian with limited control, i.e., there is a single control field with bounded amplitude. The coupling between the bath and the qubit is modeled by a Lindblad master equation. Dissipation typically drives the system to the maximally mixed state, consequently there generally exists an optimal evolution time beyond which the decoherence prevents the system from getting closer to the target state. For some specific dissipation channel, however, the optimal control can keep the system from the maximum entropy state for infinitely long. The conditions under which this specific situation arises are discussed in detail. Numerically, the procedure to construct the time-optimal protocol is described. In particular, the formalism adopted here can efficiently evaluate the time-varying singular control which turns out to be crucial for controlling either an isolated or a dissipative qubit.


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  •  Lin, C., Sels, D., Wang, Y., "Time-optimal control of a dissipative qubit", arXiv, February 2020.
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    • @article{Lin2020feb2,
    • author = {Lin, Chungwei and Sels, Dries and Wang, Yebin},
    • title = {Time-optimal control of a dissipative qubit},
    • journal = {arXiv},
    • year = 2020,
    • month = feb,
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    • }