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PHYS7905 – Quantum Information and Computation

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Gavin Brennen
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Dominic Berry
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
PHYS8905
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces students to the growing field of quantum information science and technology. A general formalism is introduced involving the concept of Hilbert space, states represented by density matrices, open systems evolution via operator sum decompositions, and generalised measurement theory. Much of the unit covers the physics and quantum information aspects of leading physical implementations for a quantum engineered device, including: atomic, (neutral and trapped ion), photonic, superconducting and semiconductor devices. There is a laboratory component based on photonic systems with experiments on quantum correlations in single photons, tests of quantum nonlocality, and generation of entangled photons.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: explain the basic theoretical concepts and elements needed for quantum information processing
  • ULO2: solve basic analytical and numerical problems in quantum information theory
  • ULO3: critically evaluate the potential and limitations of a quantum computer
  • ULO4: describe and model currently existing atom-based implementations of a quantum computer and their technical limitations

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Problem-based assignments 60% No Weeks 3,6,9,12
Final examination 40% No Exam period

Problem-based assignments

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 32 hours
Due: Weeks 3,6,9,12
Weighting: 60%

Sets of problems based on lecture content


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • explain the basic theoretical concepts and elements needed for quantum information processing
  • solve basic analytical and numerical problems in quantum information theory
  • critically evaluate the potential and limitations of a quantum computer
  • describe and model currently existing atom-based implementations of a quantum computer and their technical limitations

Final examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Exam period
Weighting: 40%

Final examination covering all course content


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • explain the basic theoretical concepts and elements needed for quantum information processing
  • solve basic analytical and numerical problems in quantum information theory
  • critically evaluate the potential and limitations of a quantum computer
  • describe and model currently existing atom-based implementations of a quantum computer and their technical limitations

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

  1. Lectures in a standard lecture room or (if necessary) in the PC lab. Suggested textbooks are:

    • Quantum Information, Computation and Communication, Jonathan A. Jones and Dieter Jaksch (introductory)

    • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Isaac Chuang and Michael Nielsen (advanced)

    • more texts with reference to individual chapters to be announced during the course

  2. Course content:

  3. * Measurement theory * Tensor products * Fidelity * No-cloning * Quantum teleportation * Superdense coding * Classical computation with quantum gates * Clean function evaluation (|x>|0> -> |x>|f(x)>) * Phase oracles * Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm * Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm * Simon's algorithm * Period finding * Shor's algorithm * Grover's algorithm * Amplitude amplification * Phase Estimation * Hamiltonian simulation * Quantum channels: GHJW theorem, POVMs, Krauss representations of superoperators, Lindblad form of master eqs.  * Quantum error correction: brief into to classical error correction, quantum stabilizer codes including Steane code and toric code, fault tolerant gates and the threshold theorem. * Alternatives to the circuit model of quantum computation: measurement based quantum computation, topological quantum computation * Physical architectures for quantum computation: trapped ions and superconducting qubits.  

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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