In our proposal, we present such a control mechanism, and demonstrate how it can be used to create entanglement from a fully separable initial state. The mechanism of our choice is time-delayed quantum-coherent feedback. If a qubit occupation decays via the emission of a photon, one can store this photon for a delay time τ and couple the radiation back into the qubit afterwards. Through the choice of τ, one can set the phase of the feedback, which will then lead to either an increased or decreased qubit decay. Since this phase depends on sin(ωτ), this effect strongly depends on the qubit frequency ω. In particular, it can be used to separate different entangled states in a quantum network by enhancing the decay of all entangled eigenstates except one.
We discuss this protocol on the example of two coupled qubits, and analyze in detail its effectiveness depending on the feedback delay time τ.