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Fall 2007-2008
* COS 347 / PHY 347 / ELE 347   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Quantum Physics, Qubits, and Nanoscience

Sanjeev Arora
Umesh V. Vazirani

An elementary introduction to quantum mechanics, especially aimed at students interested in interdisciplinary areas like nanoscience and quantum computing. Using "qubits" (basic building blocks of quantum computation, information, and cryptography), we give simple treatments of standard QM topics such as superposition, tensor products, Bell's inequalities and Heisenberg uncertainty principle, as well as "advanced" topics like multi-particle systems and spin. We also discuss the computational power of quantum computers and cryptosystems as well as their possible lab implementations.

Sample reading list:

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly or biweekly homework.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Problem set(s) - 60%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAT 201& 202 or 203 & 204 or equivalent mathematical maturity..

Other information:
Aimed at a diverse group of students. Physics majors are welcome since this course takes a very different view of quantum mechanics than the usual QM courses.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22629 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Computer Science Building   105   Enrolled:18 Limit:45