"Cybernetical Physics: From Control of Chaos
to Quantum Control"
The control of complex systems is one of the most important aspects in
dealing with systems exhibiting nonlinear behaviour or similar
features that defy traditional control techniques. This specific
subject is gradually becoming known as cybernetical physics, borrowing
methods from both theoretical physics and control engineering.
Emphasis of the book is on the examination of fundamental limits on
energy transformation by means of control procedures in both
conservative and dissipative systems. A survey of application in
physics includes the control of synchronisation of coupled
oscillators, pendulum chains, reactions in physical chemistry and of
quantum systems such as the dissociation of diatomic molecules.
This book has been written having research from various backgrounds in
physics, mathematics and engineering in mind and is thu also suitable
as introduction to graduate students working on the understanding of a
broad range of complex systems in the natural sciences.