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dc.contributor.advisorChandran, Anushyaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorPolkovnikov, Anatolien_US
dc.contributor.authorVillazon Scholer, Tamiroen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-15T15:44:04Z
dc.date.available2021-06-15T15:44:04Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/42675
dc.description.abstractA major challenge in the field of condensed matter physics is to harness the quantum mechanical properties of atomic systems coupled to large environments. Thermal fluctuations destroy quantum information and obstruct the development of quantum technologies such as quantum computers and memory devices. Recent advances in quantum control enable the manipulation of complex quantum states, providing new paths to preserve quantum information and to employ the environment as a resource. In this dissertation, we develop practical quantum control protocols which quickly and efficiently transfer energy to/from an environment. A major contribution of this work is the design of powerful and efficient quantum engines and refrigerators, which use the environment either to generate useful work or to freeze a system to its ground state. In achieving its core objectives, this work has also expanded on several areas of condensed matter quantum physics, including (i) the characterization of special classes of entangled system-environment states, (ii) the discovery of novel quantum chaotic phases of matter, (iii) the design of control schemes which speed-up efficient adiabatic protocols, and (iv) the development of experimentally viable control schemes in trapped ion systems, semiconductors, and nano-diamonds.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectPhysicsen_US
dc.subjectQuantum controlen_US
dc.subjectQuantum informationen_US
dc.subjectQuantum thermodynamicsen_US
dc.titleEfficient control of open quantum systemsen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2021-06-09T01:08:34Z
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePhysicsen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0001-5902-6262


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