School Seminars and Colloquia

Some Mathematical Challenges in Quantum Control

Department Seminar

by Prof. Dr. Uwe Helmke


Institution: Department of Mathematics, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Date: Mon 8th May 2006
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Charles Pearson Theatre, Education Resource Centre, Building 171, University of Melbourne

Abstract: The development of optimal control strategies for quantum mechanical systems plays a fundamental role in various aspects of physics, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) or laser spectroscopy, molecular dynamics and quantum computation. It also offers a number of interesting challenges for pure and applied mathematicians alike, that require the combination of tools from nonlinear control theory with those from Lie theory and Sub-Riemannian geometry.

In this talk I will outline some of these problems that are connected with the investigation of certain time-optimal control problems on Lie groups.

For More Information: There will be a morning tea in the Staff Tea Room between 11:00 and 12:00.