QuTech Academy course: Quantum Hardware 1 - Theoretical concepts







Quantum hardware is what turns the novel concepts of quantum computation and communication into reality. The key challenge is to control, couple, transmit and read out the fragile state of quantum systems with great precision, and in a technologically viable way.

Quantum Hardware I is focused on teaching theoretical physics concepts for understanding this Hamiltonian engineering challenge in various quantum hardware platforms. The material will be taught using example systems such as spin qubits (quantum dots or NV centers), superconducting, Majorana or trapped-ion qubits.

Course dates: The course will be given in Delft in the second semester (Feb - April 2023). Details on exact course dates will follow.

Course details

Dr. J. Borregaard  &  Dr. C.K. Andersen
Expected prior knowledge
Undergraduate electricity and magnetism; Fundamentals of quantum information; Bachelor Quantum Mechanics
Study Goals
• Understand underpinnings of single-qubit and two-qubit gate dynamics, qubit measurement, Rabi oscillations, dephasing & relaxation times, dynamical decoupling.
• Understand various approximations to obtain effective Hamiltonian dynamics.
• Understand sources of noise and inaccuracy.
• Ability to work with Lindblad equations modelling noise.
• Ability to work with bosonic and fermionic systems.
Education Method
Weekly lectures and tutorial exercise sessions with discussion of homework.
Literature and Study Materials
Lecture notes;
Auxiliary textbook: Nielsen and Chuang “Quantum computation and information”, Cambridge University Press.
For PhDs: TBD.
For MSc students: Homework (30%) and final written exam (70%).
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 at the start of January (2023). Your place at the course will be confirmed via email.

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