Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.
The course is a master's-level class on advanced quantum mechanics, assuming some basic knowledge of quantum physics and mathematical tools such a linear algebra and complex analysis.
We take Planck's radiation law from year 1900 as our historical starting point and then proceed through the scientific developments that eventually led to the quantum theory that we know today. We then move on to modern applications and concepts, such as the experimental detection of entanglement, quantum computing and communication, up until the current era of quantum engineering and quantum technology.
The course consists of lectures, exercises classes, and home work problems.
After the course, a student can:
- Explain the fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics
- Solve quantum mechanical problems using mathematical tools such as the Dirac notation and the representation of physical observables by Hermitian operators
- Predict the time-evolution of a quantum system and the probabilities of specific measurement outcomes
- Develop approximate solutions to stationary problems using perturbation theory (or the WKB method)
- Analyse composite quantum systems and entanglement
- Describe basic algorithms for quantum information processing and quantum communication
- Account for decoherence processes in open quantum systems
Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 09.12.2020
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Christian Flindt
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Christian Flindt
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
CEFR level (applies in this implementation):
Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):
Teaching language: English
Languages of study attainment: English
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
- History and postulates of quantum mechanics
- Quantum states and wave functions, quantum measurements
- Hilbert space, Dirac notation, Hermitian operators
- Spin and angular momentum, the Bloch sphere, spin resonance
- The quantum harmonic oscillator, coherent states
- Time-independent perturbation theory, the Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin (WKB) method
- Composite systems and entanglement
- Bell’s inequaility and the EPR paradox
- Quantum computing, Deutsh’s algorithm, Grover’s algorithm
- Quantum teleportation and communication
- Open quantum systems and decoherence
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Homework (40%) and written final exam (60%).
- 12 x 2 h lectures (Tuesdays) = 24 h
- 12 x 2 h exercise classes (Thursdays) = 24 h
- 11 x 4 h home work problems = 44 h
- 12 x 2 h reading material = 24 h
- Exam + preparations = 19 h
Total = 135 h
The course material will be listed on MyCourses together with the lecture notes.
Substitutes for Courses
The course is aimed at master's-level students, who are familiar with basic quantum mechanics (e.g. PHYS-C0210 or any other introductory course on quantum mechanics), linear algebra, and some complex analysis.
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