CATALOG DESCRIPTION: "Quantum Information and Quantum Computation" In this course the basics of quantum information science will be covered, including general descriptions of quantum state, measurement, and transformation. Emphasis will be put on quantum entanglement and its applications to quantum teleportation and quantum computation.  Their underlying theories and some expeimental development will be discussed.  Depending on class interests, selected topics on quantum error correction, quantum cryptogaphy, or quantum information theory will be covered.   

REQUIRED TEXT: M.A. Nielsen and I.L. Chuang, "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information," Cambridge University Press, 2001
REFERENCE: N. David Mermin, "Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction," Cambridge University Press, 2007 


COURSE GOALS: To introduce the basic concepts and techniques underlying all quantum information science and technology, and topics of current interest in one or more of the following areas: quantum computation, quantum information and communication, quantum cryptography.

PREREQUISITE: Some knowledge of linear algebra

GRADING: Homework and final presentation or term paper 


  • General formulation of quantum physics, relation to quantum information
  • Quantum computation and quantum algorithms, models of quantum computation
  • Quantum information processing, quantum noise and operations
  • Quantum cryptographic protocols, key distribution and privacy. Authentication
  • Selected in-depth topics in the areas of quantum computation, quantum information processing, and quantum cryptography

TIME/PLACE: MW 3:30-4:50pm Tech L158 (Spring 2012)