Seminar series on Quantum Computation and Information
Advanced Course given by Giuseppe Santoro
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End Date
Mon: 9:00-11:00
Tue: 11:00-13:00
Fri: 9:00-11:00


This year I will offer a series of seminar cycles on Quantum Technologies, which aim at providing an introduction to theoretical aspects of Quantum Computation and Information. The target audience is that of PhD Students and (final year Master) in Physics. The only prerequisite is a course in Quantum Mechanics. As such, Master students in their final year should be able to follow these seminars. 

The main references I have followed in preparing these lectures are David Mermin's book Quantum Computer Science and other standard reference books (details given in the lecture notes). Lecture notes will be given.

The content of the entire series of seminars is roughly the following:

  1. Introductory aspects of quantum computing. 6 seminars devoted to an introduction to classical and quantum gates, an overview of classical computation with digital gates, generalities of quantum computation and simple quantum algorithms (Deutsch, Bernstein-Vazirani)
  2. More advanced quantum computation algorithms. 6 seminars devoted to Grover's searching with a Quantum Computer, Shor's Quantum Fourier Transform algorithm and applications to integer factorization, and Quantum Cryptography. 
  3. Hardware implementations of quantum computing. A series of seminars on some of the hardware platforms for quantum computation, notably superconducting Qbits.
  4. Open Quantum Systems. A series of seminars on decoherence, quantum maps, Lindblad equation, and quantum Master equation.
  5. Quantum Error correction. A series of seminars on classical and quantum error correction

The rough plan is for a total of 32 seminars, 2 hours each. Points 1-2 are worth 3 CFU. The remaining seminars are worth 3 to 6 CFU, with a fine grid that is still to be decided.

I plan to have also practical sessions using Jupyther and Qiskit. 

Please send an email to if you want your email address added to the list of participants.


Online resources

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Lecture notes 7.86 MB Mon, 03/25/2024 - 12:59