An estimation of the controllability time for single-input systems on compact Lie groups
ESAIM: Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations, Volume 12 (2006) no. 3, pp. 409-441.

Geometric control theory and riemannian techniques are used to describe the reachable set at time t of left invariant single-input control systems on semi-simple compact Lie groups and to estimate the minimal time needed to reach any point from identity. This method provides an effective way to give an upper and a lower bound for the minimal time needed to transfer a controlled quantum system with a drift from a given initial position to a given final position. The bounds include diameters of the flag manifolds; the latter are also explicitly computed in the paper.

DOI: 10.1051/cocv:2006007
Classification: 22E46,  93B03
Keywords: control systems, semi-simple Lie groups, riemannian geometry
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Agrachev, Andrei; Chambrion, Thomas. An estimation of the controllability time for single-input systems on compact Lie groups. ESAIM: Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations, Volume 12 (2006) no. 3, pp. 409-441. doi : 10.1051/cocv:2006007. http://www.numdam.org/articles/10.1051/cocv:2006007/

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