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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course FAF015F valid from Spring 2015

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  • English
  • Every other spring semester
  • The course aims at providing a basic understanding of key concepts in the quantum infromation field, including quantum computers. The basic physics and quantum mechanics is addressed from the perspective of information theory. This enables the course participants to theoretically reflect and through labs and hand in assignments in practice explore possibilities and problems and applying quantum mechanics for information science.
  • The course starts with a general overview of quantum computation and quantum information (Nielsen & Chuang, "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information", chapter 1) and a recapitulation of the fundamental elements in quantum mechanics (chapter 2) and computer science (chapter 3) needed for the rest of the course. The second part of the course is then focussed specifically on quantum computation, treating quantum gates and quantum algorithms. In particular the quantum Fourier transform that is used in the Shor's algorithm for factorisation of large integers and search algorithms like the Grover's algorithm are treated. Experimental realisation schemes for quantum computers are also treated in this part of the course. Finally a more general treatment of quantum information is given in the last part of the course. Including topics as, the influence of noise on quantum processes, error-correction codes, the connection between entropy and information or more general aspects on quantum information including topics such as quantum communication and quantum cryptography.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • have acquired a good understanding of single and coupled qubits
    have acquired basic knowledge about quantum gates and elementary quantum circuits
    have acquired an understanding of the basic principles of key quantum algorithms
    have acquired knowledge about physical systems for implementing quantum bits
    have acquired basic knowledge on quantum error correction
    have acquired knowledge about the koncept of entropy in quantum infromation
    have acquired knowledge about the basic principles for quantum teleportation and quantum cryptography
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • have acquired the ability to analyse properties of siple quantum algorithms.
    have acquired the ability to carry out calculations relevant for simple quantum information processes.
    have acquired some experience of experimental manipulation of single quantum bits.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Miscellaneous
  • Passed the lab and the labreport
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • There are no formal demands. The ability to carry out the course is done on an individual basis. Please contact the course responsible
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and atomic/solid state physics is expected
Selection Criteria
  • In the ecvent of too many applicants the selection will be based on the need for the PhD student to take the course
  • Nielsen, Michael A. & Chuang, Isaac L.: Quantum computation amnd Quantum Information. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Further Information
Course code
  • FAF015F
Administrative Information
  •  -12-19
  • FN1/Anders Gustafsson

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