Coherent Control of Quantum Dynamics: The Dream Is Alive

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Science  12 Mar 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5101, pp. 1581-1589
DOI: 10.1126/science.259.5101.1581


Current experimental and theoretical progress toward the goal of controlling quantum dynamics is summarized. Two key developments have now revitalized the field. First, appropriate ultrafast laser pulse shaping capabilities have only recently become practical. Second, the introduction of engineering control concepts has put the required theoretical framework on a rigorous foundation. Extrapolations to determine what is realistically possible are presented.