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Quantum Information


The course will be offered to PhD students during the second semester of the academic year 2017/2018 and will be composed by three modules:

• Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (8 ore), prof. Sandro Wimberger

Abstract: A general introduction to quantum mechanics will be given, based on experiments with single phtons, with applications in cryptography. In the second part, the mathematical formalism will be introduced, that is necessary to develop and understand the quantum theory. The concept of entanglement between different subsystems will be introduced. Explicit examples of quantum states will help understanding the lectures’ contents.

• Introduction to Quantum Information Processing (8 ore), mutuation from the course in “Magnetism e Quantum Computation” (LMF), prof. Stefano Carretta

Abstract: In this part of the course, the concept of qubit will be introduced, basic logical operations will be discussed, together with the basic principles of quantum computation. Moreover, the concept of entanglement will be discussed, as well as its most simple applications. Finally, quantum simulators will be introduced.

• Quantum Algorithms and Protocols (8 ore), mutuation form the course in “Parallel and Distributed Computing” (LMI), prof. Michele Amoretti

Abstract: In this part of the course, some fundamental quantum algorithms will be introduced, such as Shor’s factorization algorithm and Grover’s unstructured search algorithm. Moreover, a short tutorial on IBM quantum computing system will be provided. Finally, the concept of Quantum Internet will be introduced, with reference to some important quantum protocols.


At the end of the course, a participation certificate will be released.
Each module corresponds to 1 CFU. To acquire the CFU of each module, students have to attend 75% of the corresponding lectures.*
(*) If required by the PhD course, an exam may be taken in order to acquire the CFUs.

The lecturers

Michele Amoretti, Stefano Carretta, Sandro Wimberger

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