Preskill's book provides background and context to the material covered in the lectures and exercise classes. It also contains much additional material that goes beyond the course and will not be examinated.
- John Preskill, Quantum Information chapters 1-6 and chapter 7
- additional background material (with updates to some of the chapters in Preskill)
problem sets 1-9
The exercise classes are the most important part of the course, and the three problem sets are representative for the written exam. Two problems in each set are marked as "homework". You are requested to submit your detailed solution of these two problems to the course assistants at the start of the class, who will then grade each with "pass" or "fail". Each "pass" gives you 1/6 of a bonus point for the written exam on 18 November, 2022.
old exams with answers
Dates & Topics
Lectures and exercise classes can be followed in person, and they will also be streamed online. See Brightspace for access information.
Monday 5 September 9.15-11.00
lecture 0: linear algebra refresher
linear algebra notes Monday 12 September 9.15-11.00
lecture 1: qubits, Bloch sphere, fidelity, quantum gates (Pauli, Hadamard, Toffoli, CNOT), density matrix, pure vs. mixed states
Preskill 2.1-2.3, 4.1.1, 6.2.0 (you may skip 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.3.3) (lecture notes --- recording part a and recording part b) Monday 12 September 11.15-13.00 exercise class 0 linear algebra problem set Monday 19 September 9.15-11.00
lecture 2: entanglement, Schmidt decomposition, concurrence, teleportation, Bell states, Bell inequality, no-cloning theorem
Preskill 2.4, 4.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4 (lecture notes --- recording part a and recording part b --- Bell state notebook) Monday 19 September 11.15-13.00 exercise class 1 problems 1-3; homework 1e + 3e Monday 26 September 9.15-11.00
lecture 3: quantum key distribution, quantum algorithms (Deutsch-Jozsa, Simon, Grover), quantum error correction
Preskill 4.2.2, 6.3-6.4, 7.1 (lecture notes --- recording part a and recording part b) Monday 26 September 11.15-13.00 exercise class 2 problems 4-6; homework 4c + 5a Monday 10 October 9.15-11.00 excercise class 3 problems 7-9; homework 8e + 9c Monday 10 October 11.15-13.00 exercise class 3 (cont.) problems 7-9
Exam: Friday 18 November 2022 9.00 - 12.00 hours Retake: Wednesday 18 January 2023 14.00 - 17.00 hours