Application of quantum coherence and decoherence

Ronnie Kosloff*, Mark Ratner, Gil Katz, Michael Khasind

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Coherent phenomena in molecular chromophores interacting with a dissipative environment is addressed. We defined coherence by the phenomena of decoherence which collapses the system to pointer states. Coherent irreducible phenomena takes place in a time window before the system collapses. We describe a computational model: The Stochastic Surrogate Hamiltonian that can deal with such complex quantum systems. The conditions for coherent control are analyzed. A prerequisite for coherent phenomena is the ability to perform coherent control using shaped light sources. We show that weak field coherent control is enabled by interaction with the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-331
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Event22nd Solvay Conference on Chemistry - Quantum Effects in Chemistry and Biology - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Oct 13 2010Oct 16 2010


  • Coherent Control
  • Decoherence
  • Pointer states
  • Surrogate Hamiltonian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Application of quantum coherence and decoherence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this