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FKA172 - Quantum informatics
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   23 Oct 2012 pm M,  15 Jan 2013 pm M,  20 Aug 2013 pm V

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Professor  Göran Johansson
Docent  Thilo Bauch

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

We assume that you followed an introductory course in
quantum physics. The lectures are given in a self-contained form,
introducing the necessary notation. A familiarity with the Dirac notation
of quantum mechanics is helpful but not crucial.


The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the rapidly growing field of Quantum Informatics,
i.e. taking an informatics view on quantum mechanics. The course also aims at giving a basic
introduction to the field of quantum optics, since the concepts needed in these fields to a large extent overlap.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course the student should be able to
explain the properties of the Jaynes-Cummings model
use the Bloch equations to describe the dissipative dynamics of a two-level system
explain the basic features of a quantum measurement process
analyze the properties of simple quantum algorithms
communicate the basic features of quantum computing and Shor's algorithm, teleportation and quantum cryptography to a friend.


1) What is quantum informatics? An introduction to the topic of quantum informatics and to the format of course.

2) Building blocks of quantum mechanics and quantum optics:
i) two-level systems and the Bloch sphere
ii) atom-field interaction: Rabi-oscillations and the Jaynes-Cummings hamiltonian
iii) decoherence
iv) read-out

3) Quantum algorithms: Deutsch-Josza, Quantum Fourier Transform, Shor, Grover

4) Potential qubit candidates. DiVincenzos criteria for a realizable quantum computer.

5) Quantum communication. Teleportation and cryptation

6) Quantum error correction


The course is given in form of lectures, exercises and laboratory work.


Lecture notes.

On Quantum Optics:
"Introductory Quantum Optics",
by Christopher Gerry and Peter Knight,
Cambridge University Press,
ISBN-10: 052152735X

On Quantum Algortihms:
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang
Cambridge University Press (2000)
ISBN 0 521 63503 9


Oral or written exam, weekly hand-ins and a lab report.

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