Quantum Processes and Computation
NWI-IMC055, Spring 2018
This page contains specific information about the Spring 2018 course and lectures (for general information, see studiegids). Please don't forget to register in blackboard for this course, in order to receive email announcements. However, all relevant course information will be provided here (and not in blackboard).
For exercises, see the: exercise page.
Prerequisites consist of linear algebra and some basic familiarity with definition/lemma/theorem-style mathematical reasoning.
Course material consists of:
- Slides for some lectures (see below)
- Lecture notes (available on Blackboard)
- Textbook: Picturing Quantum Processes: A First Course in Quantum Theory and Diagrammatic Reasoning
The textbook is available in the science library (but possibly only 1 copy!), and students may purchase it if they wish. The lecture notes contain the same material, and in cases where there are discrepancies (e.g. with exercise numbering), I will try to stick to the lecture note version.
Lectures will be given by Aleks Kissinger in English. All course materials will be in English.
- Lectures will be on Mondays 10:45-12:30. Initially, they will be in the High Field Magnet Lab HFML0220, but may change rooms later (check the Rooster).
- First lecture: February 5
- Last lecture: June 18
- The will be NO LECTURES on February 12 (carnival), April 2 & April 9 (mid-semester break), April 30, and June 4.
Werkcollege's take place on Wednesdays 10:45-12:30, from February 7 until June 20. They are in the new lecture room in the Mercator building, MERC1 00.28. In weeks with no lecture, there will also be no werkcollege.
Lectures (topics subject to change)
- Lecture 1, Feb 5: Introduction and diagrammatic reasoning
- Lecture 2, Feb 19: States, effects, and numbers, and string diagrams
- Lecture 3, Feb 26: Quantum-like features from string diagrams
- Lecture 4, Mar 5: Hilbert spaces
- Lecture 5, Mar 12: Quantum processes
- Lecture 6, Mar 19: Quantum measurements
- Lecture 7, Mar 26: Classical/quantum interaction
- Mid-semester break
- Lecture 8, Apr 16: Phases + complementarity
- Lecture 9, Apr 23: ZX calculus
- Lecture 10, May 7: Foundations of Quantum Computation
- Lecture 11, May 14: Quantum Algorithms
- Lecture 12, May 28: Quantum Communication Protocols
- Lecture 13, Jun 11: Quantum Foundations
- Lecture 14, Jun 18: Survey of the state of the art
Grading and Administration
- Lectures, werkcollege's and homework are not mandatory. However, homework (H) assignments will be graded weekly and will provide up to 1 bonus point on the final grade.
- There will be a larger take-home coursework (C) due after the mid-semester break. This assignment is mandatory, and must be done individually (not in groups). It will constitute 20% of your final grade.
- There will be a lab session (L) using the tool Quantomatic in the 4th quarter. Participation and write-up will constitute 10% of your grade.
- The remaining 70% of your final grade will be from a written exam (E), taking place after the end of the course.
- In summary, final grades are calculated as:
F = 0.7 * E + 0.2 * C + 0.1 * L + 0.1 * H
To pass, E must be at least 5 and F must be at least 6.