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Quantum control: A key facilitator for quantum technologies

Quantum control: Definitions and status

It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology: It is used to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, or maintain the temperature in office buildings. Control allows us to maximize efficiency and minimize resource consumption. Originally developed in the 1960s to facilitate engineering work and famously applied to find optimal trajectories to reach the moon by the Apollo missions, optimal control theory has evolved and expanded with the rest of physics – it is presently found in areas as diverse as optical spectroscopy, photochemistry, magnetic resonance and quantum information processing.

Quantum control as an enabler for new Future and Emerging Technology (FET)

It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology: It is used to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, or maintain the temperature in office buildings. Control allows us to maximize efficiency and minimize resource consumption.