QuTech Academy Course - Quantum Communication and Cryptography



15:45-17:45 (Tuesdays) and 8:45-10:45 (Fridays)


Lecture hall Chip, TU Delft, EWI, Mekelweg 4, Delft.


Course open for PhD students, postdocs and advanced Master students (CS4090). For more information about the QuTech Academy, please click here.

Lecturer: Stephanie Wehner

Time and place: 15:45-17:45 (Tuesdays) and 8:45-10:45 (Fridays), Lecture hall Chip, TU Delft, EWI, Mekelweg 4, Delft.

Dates: November 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, and January 8, 11, 15, 18.

Credits: 5 GSC

Description: Quantum communication offers unparalleled advantages over classical communication. Examples range from quantum key distribution that allows to the generation of secure encryption keys, improved clock synchronization on satellites, to the use of a quantum network to assemble small quantum computers into a larger quantum computing cluster. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of quantum information theory and quantum cryptography. The goal of quantum information theory is to determine how we can best protect quantum information from errors. It forms a crucial tool for building quantum communication networks. You will also learn the core techniques of quantum cryptography, enabling you to understand and implement quantum key distribution, as well as make an entry into current research in this field.

Registration: This course already started, it is not possible to register anymore.    

Expected prior knowledge
Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Q101 (Fundamentals of quantum information)
Course Contents

This class will teach you all about quantum cryptography! 

This class is given in an inverted classroom style. It will consist of an online component on edX QuCryptoX - as well as a contact session every week where we will discuss examples and exercises. See for course contents.

Caution: This class requires you to take "Fundamentals of Quantum Information" in Quarter 1.
Study Goals
The student will acquire:
• A good understanding of the fundamental concepts of quantum information theory
• A good understanding of the essential tools in quantum cryptography 
• Insight into the differences between classical and quantum communication and cryptography
• Skill set required to follow the remainder of the quantum curriculum (Q301 – Quantum hardware and Q401 – Quantum electronics)
Education Method
Lectures and Tutorials
Literature and Study Materials
Primary: Lecture Notes

  • Nielsen and Chuang “Quantum computation and information”, Cambridge University Press. 
  • Mark Wilde “Quantum information theory”, Cambridge University Press