QuTech Academy course: Quantum Hardware 2 - Experimental State of the Art



13:45-15:45 (Tuesday) and 10:45-12:45 (Friday)


Delft: every Tuesday in AS-Classroom 3 (building 22); every Friday in AS-Lecture Hall E (building 22)


Quantum hardware is what turns the novel concepts of quantum computation and communication into reality. The key challenge is to initialize, control, couple, transmit and read out the fragile stage of quantum systems with great precision and in a technologically viable way. While Quantum Hardware I is focused on teaching underpinning theoretical tools, Quantum Hardware II will give you an overview of the experimental state-of-the-art. You will learn about the most promising approaches for realizing quantum hardware, and critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. You will also get insight in the conceptual similarities and differences between the various technologies. Specifically, the course will cover general concepts and considerations of qubit hardware, trapped ions, superconducting circuits, quantum dots, impurities, cold atoms, photonic circuits, single-photon sources, single-photon detectors and quantum repeaters. 

Course dates: The course will be given in Delft on Tuesday afternoons (13:45-15:45h) and Friday mornings (10:45-12:45h) over the period of April 25th until June 9th (with the exception of two Fridays: May 5th and 19th). The exam will take place on Friday June 30th from 13:30-16:30h.

Course details

Instructor(s) L.M.K. Vandersypen  & R. Hanson
Expected prior knowledge
Undergraduate electricity and magnetism; Quantum Hardware I; Fundamentals of quantum information.
Study Goals
• To acquire a good understanding of the requirements of quantum hardware for computing, communication and sensing, both at the conceptual level and at the practical level.
• To acquire conceptual insight in the operation, opportunities, and challenges of various qubit realisations.
• To obtain a good overview of the state-of-the-art.
Education Method
In this course, lectures are combined with homework assignments as well as presentations of recent research papers that are to be studied at home.
Literature and Study Materials
Reviews and research papers to be studied at home, material presented during lectures.
For PhDs: TBD.
For MSc students: Grades will be established based on homework assignments (40%), paper presentations (25%), and a final exam (35%). The lowest homework grade does not count. This means you can miss one homework without having points deducted. Two missed homeworks will affect your grade, regardless of why you missed them. In unusual cases, a retake exam--which will be oral--will be offered by appointment.
Contact hours
4 hours per week; 8 weeks
Graduate School Credits
5 GSCs

QuTech Academy
The QuTech Academy is part of QuTech and aims to educate quantum engineers of the future. Participation of Casimir PhDs to their courses is free of charge.

Registration for this course will open end of March 2023. Your place at the course will be confirmed via email.

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