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Syllabus for

Academic year
FKA173 - Quantum optics and quantum informatics
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   24 Oct 2017 am M,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Thilo Bauch


FKA172   Quantum informatics


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

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 Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics, i.e. doing quantum optics with an electronic circuit. The course also aims at giving a basic introduction to the field of quantum informatics, i.e. taking an informatics view on quantum mechanics

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 quantum mechanical two-level system;
- understand the difference between classical and non-classical radiation;
- derive the Hamiltonian of an electronic circuit;
- analyze the properties of simple quantum algorithms and communicate the basic features of quantum computing and Shor's algorithm, teleportation and quantum cryptography to a friend.
- explain and experimentally perform manipulations and measurements of the state of a superconducting qubit


What is circuit quantum electrodynamics? 

Building blocks of quantum mechanics and quantum optics:
- two-level systems (qubits) and the Bloch sphere;
- photons;
- atom-field interaction: Rabi-oscillations and the Jaynes-Cummings hamiltonian;
- quantum decoherence;
- read-out of quantum information.

Quantizing an electronic circuit.

Quantum information science: 
- quantum algorithms: Quantum Fourier Transform, Deutsch-Josza's, Shor's, and Grover's algorithms;
- quantum communication; teleportation and quantum cryptography.


Lectures, exercises, home work, and a state-of-the art experiment with report writing


Lecture notes, hand-outs.

The following literature is good but not strictly necessary to acquire:

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

"Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang Cambridge University Press (2000) ISBN 0 521 63503 9. Can be found as an e-book in the library.


Weekly hand-ins, lab report, oral or written exam. For reexamination, contact the course examiners.

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