Wednesday July 27/4:30

MS35/Grande Ballroom

Control of Quantum Phenomena (Part 1 of 2)

Ever since the inception of laser technology, control of molecular motion has been a goal of chemists. In principle, this ability enables one to control reactions more accurately than other reagents would. It is only recently that systematic methods from control theory have entered into any analysis of the subject. In this minisymposium, the speakers wish to attract the attention of the control community at large to the fact that well known tools from control theory such as optimal control, tracking and regulation, etc., play a crucial role in the control of molecular dynamics and nanotechnology. They have invited leading figures in this discipline. Their affiliations range from chemistry department to mechanical and electrical engineering departments. They want to draw attention to this young and intrinsically multidisciplinary field. In particular, they hope that applied mathematicians would take note of the interesting mathematical problems this subject gives rise (e.g. motion control for dynamical systems on lie groups). (For part 2, see MS52A.) Organizers: H. Rabitz and Viswanath Ramakrishna Princeton University
  • (For part 2, see MS52A.)