Quantum Computation

 Jose L Balduz Jr Department of Physics Mercer University balduz_jl@mercer.edu Science & Engineering Bldg 205 478-301-2229 Jose's homepage Jose's office schedule

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