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Feedback stabilization of quantum ensembles: a global convergence analysis on complex flag manifolds

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1 Author(s)
Altafini, C. ; SISSA-ISAS, Int. Sch. for Adv. Studies, Trieste

In a closed N-level quantum mechanical system, the problem of unitary feedback stabilization of mixed density operators to periodic orbits admits a natural Lyapunov-based time-varying feedback design. A global description of the domain of attraction of the closed-loop system can be provided based on a "root-space"-like structure of the space of density operators. This convex set foliates as a complex flag manifold where each leaf is identified with the adjoint orbit of the eigenvalues of the density operator. The converging conditions are time-independent but depend from the topology of the flag manifold: it is shown that the closed loop must have a number of equilibria at least equal to the Euler characteristic of the manifold, thus imposing obstructions of topological nature to global stabilizability

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Decision and Control, 2006 45th IEEE Conference on

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13-15 Dec. 2006