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Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computation

  • 7.5 credits

With the knowledge that quantum mechanics is intimately involved with probability theory, development of information theory and operator theory led to the realisation of quantum information theory and quantum computing. You can Google it a qbit at a time.

The course covers the rapidly expanding research field of quantum information and quantum computation. The course provides an information theoretic approach to basic laws of quantum physics. We will start by looking at basic quantum mechanics, including quantum entanglement and quantum measurement. We will then introduce classical information theory and its generalization to quantum information, and onto quantum channels and quantum cryptography. We then look at quantum computing, focussing on quantum gates and elementary quantum circuits, quantum algorithms, and quantum error correcting codes. Finally, the recent physical realizations of quantum computers will be addressed.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course given at half speed during daytime. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures, one practical session, and problem solving exercises.


    The course is examined continual assessment through home exercises supplemented with hand-in problems at the end of the course.


    Ingemar Bengtsson, tel 08 5537 8732, e-mail:

    Ingemar Bengtsson, tel 08 5537 8732, e-mail:

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK7052 Spring 2020

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Suggested reading
    “An Introduction to Information Theory,” by J. R. Price:  Dover 1980
    “Quantum Computing since Democritus,” by S. Aaronson, Cambridge UP 2013.
    “Quantum Processes, Systems and Information,” by B. Schumacher and M. Westmoreland, Cambridge UP 2010
    “Quantum Computer Science,” by D. Mermin, Cambridge UP 2007
    “Quantum Information Theory,” by M. M. Wilde, Cambridge UP 2013
    “Quantum Computation and Quantum Information,” by M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang, Cambridge 2000.
    “The Emperor's New Mind,” by R. Penrose, Oxford UP 1989
    “Shadows of the Mind,” by R. Penrose, Oxford UP 1994.

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: