Physics and astronomy

Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

Module code: 895F3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Open examination

The module will introduce you to quantum optics and quantum information, covering:

  • Quantum systems and the qubit
  • Non-locality in quantum mechanics
  • Methods of quantum optics
  • The density matrix
  • The process of measurement
  • Introduction of irreversibility
  • Decoherence and quantum information
  • Quantum and classical communication
  • Measures of entanglement and distance between states
  • Logic operations and quantum algorithms
  • Requirements for quantum computers
  • Physical systems for quantum information processing.


Level 5: (F3239) Quantum Mechanics 1 [T2]

Module learning outcomes

  • Thorough understanding of techniques of quantum optics
  • Appreciate the challenges of quantum information processing with physical systems
  • Understand how information can be treated in quantum physics