PhD/MSc courses

In collaboration with RWTH Aachen and TU Chalmers, QuTech offers a number of shared online courses. Second-Year MSc students in Applied Physics at Delft can consider taking these advanced courses as an extracurricular course in their MSc or as part of an approved honours program. PhD candidates in Delft can take these courses for fulfillment of their graduate school requirements. Currently, we offer the following courses:

Hardware Platforms for Quantum Technology
by Prof. Thomas Schäpers (RWTH Aachen)

Starting: Monday Oct. 11
Credits: 5 ECTS

In this course, we will start with the core concepts of quantum mechanics and its differences with classical physics. From there, we will build our way up to the principles behind modern quantum computing platforms. We will discuss different types of qubits and controlling them, basic concepts of decoherence and of dephasing, macroscopic quantum coherence, Rabi flopping, pulse sequences, and various known algorithms.

Further details including the previous knowledge expected, learning outcomes, and exercises (tutorial) schedule can be obtained by directly writing to Prof. Thomas Schäpers.

Schedule

Lectures: Mondays 08:30 – 10:00.

Registration

To register for this course, send an email directly to prof. Thomas Schäpers, with a cc to dr. Anand Sharma asking for registration for the course and mentioning your enrollment at QuTech.

Quantum Theory derived from Information Principles
by Prof. Maarten Wegewijs (RWTH Aachen)

Starting: Friday Oct. 15
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course Content
  • Operational probabilistic theories (causal circuits, observation effects, preparation states, transformations, coarse-graining, refinement, tomographic dimension)
  • Information processing principles (information conservation, perfect discrimination, ideal encoding, causality, local discrimation, purification)
  • State-evolution correspondence (entanglement, transformation tomography, no information without disturbance)
  • Information dimension of states (state identification, remote steering, state teleportation, information dimension, emergence of Hilbert space)
  • Building states from qubits (emergence of superposition principle)
Schedule

Lectures: Fridays 12:30 – 14:00.

Registration

To register for this course, send an email directly to prof. Maarten Wegewijs, with a cc to dr. Anand Sharma asking for registration for the course and mentioning your enrollment at QuTech.

Quantum Computing
by Prof. Ferrini and Dr. Kockum (TU Charmers)

Starting: Monday Nov. 1 (7 weeks)
Credits: 7.5 ECTS

The aim of the course is to familiarise the students with both important quantum algorithms (such as Quantum Fourier transform, Phase estimation, and Shor’s algorithm), variational quantum algorithms that utilise an interplay between classical and quantum computers (such as the Variational Quantum Eigensolver (VQE), and the Quantum Approximate Optimisation algorithms (QAOA), among others), and the intersection of quantum computing and machine learning. The course will also give the students practical experience of programming a quantum computer.

Quantum computers are rapidly improving, and recently ”quantum computational supremacy” was achieved, i.e., a quantum computer was able to perform a computational task much faster than a classical computer. Quantum computing is expected to have applications in many areas of society. The course prepares the students for applying quantum computation to a variety of important problems.

Registration

If you are interested in following this course, please email Prof. Ferrini before Oct. 26 with your name, email and background (PhD student/Second Year MSc & What Group at TU Delft you work in & Previous (BSc) degree). In case of too high a volume of interested students, Chalmers will select on a first-come first-serve basis. For queries specific to the course, please contact Prof. Ferrini.

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Quantum Optics
by Prof. M. Müller (RWTH Aachen)

Starting: Tuesday Oct. 27
Ending: Thursday Feb 11.
Credits: 5 ECTS

Tentative Course Content
  • Quantisation of light: single and multi-mode systems
  • Quantum states of the electromagnetic field: Fock states coherent states, squeezed states, phase space distributions
  • Measurement of the light field: Photon detectors, beam splitters and interferometers, Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment, homodyne detection
  • Quantum coherence functions, photon bunching and anti-bunching
  • Light-matter interaction: Driven two-level atom, Rabi oscillations, Ramsey interferometry
  • QM light – matter coupling: Jaynes-Cummings model and quantum Rabi oscillations: theory and experimental realisations, creation and observation of Schrödinger cat states
  • Open Quantum Systems: Mixed states, quantum channels, Lindblad master equation, quantum trajectories and observation of quantum jumps
  • Some modern developments: Basics of trapped-ion quantum computing. Bosonic codes: Protecting qubits in Schrödinger cat states
Schedule

Lectures: Tuesdays 14:30 – 16:00.

Registration

Please email Prof. Mueller directly, with a cc to dr. Anand Sharma, if you are interested in participating in this course and would like to get access to the Zoom link and the course material. In your email please specify your background (PhD student/Second Year MSc & What Group at TU Delft you work in & Previous (BSc) degree). When you obtain at least a 50% score on the weekly exercise sheets, Prof. Mueller can provide you a certificate of “successful participation” for this course, without a grade.

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