Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


After completing this course, the student is able to

  • Apply the theoretical framework of quantum mechanics in electric
    circuits and devices, that is, circuit quantum electrodynamics
  • Design and model superconducting quantum circuits: from resonators to qubits
  • Identity electrical circuits of practical interest that behave quantum mechanically
  • Distinguish between linear and non linear electronic systems and utilize them for the desired functionalities, for example
  • Hypothesize on the behavior of quantum systems

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 11.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Gheorghe-Sorin Paraoanu, Jan Goetz

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The physical foundations and implementation of solid-state quantum electronics has attracted broad interest in the context of the realization of quantum information processing systems. In this course, we address the physics of superconducting quantum circuits and show how such circuits can be implemented based on superconducting thin films and nanostructures. We discuss the application of superconducting quantum circuits in quantum information processing systems and in quantum simulation. The following specific topics will be addressed:

    • quantization of Josephson junction devices
    • systematic quantization of a network of electric lumped-element components
    • quantum mechanics of 1D transmission lines and resonators
    • cavity qubit systems
    • operation of superconducting qubits: reset, quantum logic, and readout.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching methods: lectures and exercises 

    Assessment methods: exercises and exam

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures: 24 h, exercises: 12 h, exam: 3 h + independent work


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration via WebOodi.