QuTech Academy course: Quantum Hardware 1 - Theoretical concepts



15:45-17:45 (Tuesday) and 10:45-12:45 (Friday)


Delft: every Tuesday in Aula-Lecture Hall D; every Friday in AS Lecture Hall E


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 on Tuesday afternoons (15:45-17:45h) and Friday mornings (10:45-12:45h) over the period of February 14th until March 31st. The exam will take place on Monday April 17th from 13:30-16:30h.

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 (or Postdocs) to their courses is free of charge.

Registration  [CLOSED]
As Casimir PhD, you can register for the course by filling in the form below. Please note that the registration deadline is Sunday February 5th. Your place at the course will be confirmed via email.

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