Course Synopses


  • Course Description:
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    Study of selected areas in physics.

    This is a three-credit course that will provide an introduction to the theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum computing from a physics perspective. Although the course is primarily intended for physics majors, computer science and math majors might also find the course to be of interest. Although there is an overlap with the material covered in the one-credit course, Physics 489, from last spring, students who took 489 but who would like to see a more extensive and in-depth treatment of the material are welcome and encouraged to take this course. In this course, we will go into the material in more depth.

    We will first review the basic principles of quantum mechanics and then discuss the general underlying concepts of quantum computation. We will then look at qubit technologies for implementing quantum computers. We'll discuss an overview of the various technologies and then focus on superconducting qubits, one of the most promising technologies and the one that is being pursued by IBM, Google and others. We'll then discuss the potentially error-free technology of topological qubits that has been the focus of Microsoft's quantum computing efforts. We will conclude the course with a brief look at some of the exciting developments involving quantum information in the field of quantum gravity and in the field of tensor networks of many-body systems of entangled particles.

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