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PHY8031 : Quantum Information and Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Clive Emary
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Johnston
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


This module aims to introduce students to the cutting-edge field of quantum technology, in which we learn how the peculiarities of quantum physics can be harnessing to come up with new ways of doing things such as compute, communicate and sense.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course will give an overview of quantum technology and quantum information theory, with an emphasis on quantum computing , quantum communication, and practical implementations. The topics covered include: Classical and quantum bits (qubits); Superposition and entanglement; Bell states and Bell inequality; Quantum gates and circuits; Quantum teleportation; Problem complexity and quantum speed-up; Quantum algorithms; Density matrix, pure and mixed states; Decoherence; Quantum error correction; Practical quantum computers: requirements and realisations; Classical and quantum information theory; Quantum communication, Quantum key distribution; Quantum sensing and measurement.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Problem-solving exercises 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Problem-solving exercises 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Revision lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Formal lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading52:0010:00Reading of recommended literature and text books
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study174:0074:00Review ReCap lectures, understanding of concepts/principles outlined in lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures, tutorial sheets and assessed for the written assignment. Office hours will provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A90N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M10Problem solving exercises on quantum computation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem-solving aspects of the examination enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to specific problems. The problem solving exercises are to enable the students to apply theoretical knowledge to real world problems, such as the Shannon Limit in a quantum system.

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