402-0577-00L  Quantum Systems for Information Technology

SemesterSpring Semester 2015
LecturersA. Wallraff
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractIntroduction to experimental quantum information processing (QIP). Quantum bits. Coherent Control. Quantum Measurement. Decoherence. Microscopic and macroscopic quantum systems. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in molecules and solids. Ions and neutral atoms in electromagnetic traps. Charges and spins in quantum dots. Charges and flux quanta in superconducting circuits. Novel hybrid systems.
ObjectiveIn recent years the realm of quantum mechanics has entered the domain of information technology. Enormous progress in the physical sciences and in engineering and technology has allowed us to envisage building novel types of information processors based on the concepts of quantum physics. In these processors information is stored in the quantum state of physical systems forming quantum bits (qubits). The interaction between qubits is controlled and the resulting states are read out on the level of single quanta in order to process information. Realizing such challenging tasks may allow constructing an information processor much more powerful than a classical computer. The aim of this class is to give a thorough introduction to physical implementations pursued in current research for realizing quantum information processors. The field of quantum information science is one of the fastest growing and most active domains of research in modern physics.
ContentA syllabus will be provided on the class web server at the beginning of the term (see section 'Besonderes'/'Notice').
Lecture notesElectronically available lecture notes will be published on the class web server (see section 'Besonderes'/'Notice').
LiteratureQuantum computation and quantum information / Michael A. Nielsen & Isaac L. Chuang. Reprinted. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ; 2001.. 676 p. : ill.. [004153791].

Additional literature and reading material will be provided on the class web server (see section 'Besonderes'/'Notice').
Prerequisites / NoticeThe class will be taught in English language.

Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is required, prior knowledge in atomic physics, quantum electronics, and solid state physics is advantageous.

More information on this class can be found on the web site: http://www.qudev.ethz.ch