Course Syllabus for

Quantum Information

FAF015F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2015
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2014-12-19

General Information

Division: Atomic Physics
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


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.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

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.

Course Literature

Nielsen, Michael A. & Chuang, Isaac L.: Quantum computation amnd Quantum Information. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants, miscellaneous. Passed the lab and the labreport
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

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

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