Iterative control strategies for nonlinear systems.
In this paper, we focus on the control of the mean-field equilibrium of nonlinear networks of the Langevin type in the limit of small noise. Using iterative linear approximations, we derive a formula that prescribes a control strategy in order to displace the equilibrium state of a given system and remarkably find that the control function has a “universal” form under certain physical conditions. This result can be employed to define universal protocols useful, for example, in the optimal work extraction from a given reservoir. Generalizations and limits of application of the method are discussed.