Quantum Control through a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Phys. Rev. A 97, 060102 (2018) Measurement combined with feedback that aims to restore a presumed pre-measurement quantum state will yield this state after a few measurement-feedback cycles even if the actual state of the system initially had no resemblance to the presumed state. Here we introduce t...

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Main Authors: Uys, H, Bassa, H, Toit, P. J. W du, Gosh, S, Konrad, T
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: 05-29-2017
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Summary: Phys. Rev. A 97, 060102 (2018) Measurement combined with feedback that aims to restore a presumed pre-measurement quantum state will yield this state after a few measurement-feedback cycles even if the actual state of the system initially had no resemblance to the presumed state. Here we introduce this mechanism of {\it self-fulfilling prophecy} and show that it can be used to prepare finite-dimensional quantum systems in target states or target dynamics. Using two-level systems as an example we demonstrate that self-fulfilling prophecy protects the system against noise and tolerates imprecision of feedback up to the level of the measurement strength. By means of unsharp measurements the system can be driven deterministically into arbitrary, smooth quantum trajectories.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.97.060102