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PHY8044 : Quantum Information & Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • 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: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 harnessed 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 and key distribution; Practical quantum computers: requirements and realisations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Formal Lectures – Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:00Completion of in course assignments/ examination revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M15Coursework assignment
Prob solv exercises2M5Coursework assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The coursework assignments allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; these assessments have a secondary formative purpose as well as their primary summative purpose.

In the event of on-campus examinations not being possible, an on-line alternative assessment will be used for written examination 1.

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