- Code PHYS8751
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Sean Hodgman
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2021. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.
This course introduces students to the principles, concepts and applications of quantum technology. Building upon prior learning in quantum mechanics, students will first develop an understanding of the ‘qubit’ as the model quantum system used in quantum technologies. Students will then explore the archetypal physical realisations of qubits (eg superconducting circuits, photons, trapped atoms etc) before being introduced to each of the major types of quantum technology: computing/ simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy. During this learning, an emphasis will be placed on critically comparing the different realisations of qubits and quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies so that students readily appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each. Assessments will be designed to advance computational skills as well as written and verbal communication skills necessary for the quantum industry.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Model the initialisation, control, measurement and decoherence of qubits as abstracted quantum systems;
- Appraise archetypal physical realisations of qubits (superconducting circuits, trapped atoms, spin defects in solids, photons etc), methods of initialisation, control and measurement, and sources of decoherence;
- Examine the key principles, concepts and applications of each major quantum technology type: computing/simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy;
- Critically compare different realisations of quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies;
- Develop advanced computational, written communication and verbal communication skills.
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Presentation (20) [LO 4,5]
- Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour workshops and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingMost recent edition of: M.A. Neilsen and I.L. Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press.
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