Tailoring laser pulses with spectral and fluence constraints using optimal control theory

J. Werschnik*, E. K.U. Gross

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Abstract

Within the framework of optimal control theory we develop a simple iterative scheme to determine optimal laser pulses with spectral and fluence constraints. The algorithm is applied to a one-dimensional asymmetric double well where the control target is to transfer a particle from the ground state, located in the left well, to the first excited state, located in the right well. Extremely high occupations of the first excited state are obtained for a variety of spectral and/or energetic constraints. Even for the extreme case where no resonance frequency is allowed in the pulse the algorithm achieves an occupation of almost 100%.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)S300-S312
JournalJournal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Double well
  • Optimal control
  • Quantum control

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