Quantum Computation

Jose L Balduz Jr
Department of Physics
Mercer University
balduz_jl@mercer.edu

SYLLABUS

Science & Engineering Bldg 205
478-301-2229
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Reading and other assignments from the required/recommended texts:
[required] Six Quantum Pieces. A First Course in Quantum Mechanics,
 
by Valerio Scarani, with Chua Lynn and Shi Yang;
and
[required] Quantum Computing. A Gentle Introduction,
 
by Eleanor Rieffel and Wolfgang Polak
and
[recommended] Quantum Computing from the Ground Up,
 
by Riley Tipton Perry

Assignments
due T 1/24 Homework 1: Vectors and Matrices - Homework 1 / solutions
due R 2/2 Homework 2: Dirac Notation - Homework 2 / solutions  
due T 2/14 Homework 3: VM, DN, SQP 1 - Homework 3 / solutions
T 2/21 + R 2/23 Exam 1: Math prelims + SQP 1 + Homework 1-3
due T 3/14 Homework 4: Complex Vectors / Solutions
due R 3/23 Homework 5: Schmidt, Bloch and Mach-Zehnder   
TBA Exam 2: SQP (3-5, 7-8) + Homework 4-5
  Homework 6
  Homework 7
  Homework 8
  Homework 9
TBA Exam 3
R 5/4, 7-10pm, Final Exam (comprehensive)


Mathematical Preliminaries: Vectors and Matrices, Dirac Notation
 
Required - (SQP) Six Quantum Pieces
1 Introducing Quantum Physics with Polarization (1-4)
2 I Quantum Cryptography (not covered)
3 II Quantum Cloning (1)
4 III Quantum Teleportation (1-2)
5 IV Quantum Correlations and Bell's Inequality (1-2, 5)
6 V The GHZ Argument for Quantum Correlations (not covered)
7 VI Measurement and Decoherence (1-2, 4)
8 Other Two-Level Systems (1-2, 4)
9 Link with More Traditional Presentations of Quantum Physics (not covered)
 
Required - (QC) Quantum Computing
I Quantum Building Blocks
2 Single-Qubit Quantum Systems [16]
3 Multiple-Qubit Systems [13]
4 Measurement of Multiple-Qubit States [18]
5 Quantum State Transformations [22]
6 Quantum Versions of Classical Computations [21]
II Quantum Algorithms
7 Introduction to Quantum Algorithms [33]
8 Shor's Algorithm [12]
9 Grover's Algorithm and Generalizations [23]
 
Optional but recommended
(QCGU) Quantum Computing from the Ground Up
2 Computer Science [26]
3 Mathematics for Quantum Computing [61]
4 Quantum Mechanics [21]
5 Quantum Computing [46]
6 Information Theory [37]
7 Quantum Algorithms [24]
 

 


(Old) Quantum news items:
5/18/2010:  Bristol Quantum Algorithms Day
5/12/2011: Quantum-Computing Firm Opens the Box
5/20: Controversial Quantum Computer Is at Least a Little Quantum Mechanical
5/25: Quantum Computers Tackle Chemistry and Biology
5/25: D-Wave Sells Its First Quantum Computer
6/17: Hackers Steal Quantum Code
7/7: Quantum Memory Works at Room Temperature
7/18: Building a Better Quantum Computer with Lasers and (Impure) Diamonds
7/25: A Long-Distance Quantum Repeater Gets One Step Closer
8/3:  Photons Tune in and Shape up
8/4: Stealing Quantum Keys the Easy Way
8/12: Quantum Computing with Microwaves
9/1: Computer Architecture Recreated on Quantum Device

9/6: Quantum Minds: Why We Think Like Quarks
9/22: Electrons Surf between Qubits
9/26: One, Two, Bits of Spin
10/3: Driving a Hard Bargain with Diamond Qubits
11/4: Silicon Carbide Shows Promise for Quantum Computing
12/4: Entangled Diamonds Vibrate Together 
12/2: Diamonds Entangled at Room Temperature
12/5: Viewpoint: Superconducting Qubits Getting Serious