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Course module: NWI-IMC055
Quantum Processes and Computation
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Course moduleNWI-IMC055
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
dr. A.R. Kissinger
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dr. A.R. Kissinger
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dr. A.R. Kissinger
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Academic year2017
KW3-KW4  (05/02/2018 to 02/09/2018)
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Course mode
RemarksCourse will take place every other year, beginning with 2017 and alternating with NWI-IMC036 Coalgebra
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
This course gives a self-contained introduction to quantum theory, with applications in quantum information, computation, and foundations. No background in physics or advanced mathematics is required. A bit of familiarity with linear algebra might be helpful, but is also not required.

This course is unique in our use of a diagrammatic language throughout.  Far from simple visual aids, the diagrams we use are mathematical objects in their own right, which allow us to develop from first principles a completely rigorous treatment of "textbook" quantum theory. Additionally, the diagrammatic treatment eliminates the need for the typical prerequisites of a standard course on the subject. By subscribing to a diagrammatic treatment of quantum theory we place emphasis on quantum processes, rather than individual systems, and study how uniquely quantum features arise as processes compose and interact across time and space.
During this course, students will gain familiarity with the general notion of a process theory, and using this as a basis will gain an understanding of:
  • Hilbert spaces and linear maps
  • pure and mixed quantum maps
  • quantum measurements and classical data
  • quantum teleportation
  • quantum communication and cryptography
  • two models of quantum computation: the circuit model and measurement-based quantum computing
  • the basics of quantum algorithms, including quantum search and Shor's factoring algorithm
  • the foundations of quantum theory, including quantum non-locality
Required materials
The course materials consist of the Picturing Quantum Processes textbook: Will possibily be made available as e-book (further information to be announced).
Instructional modes

Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4

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