QSIT (FS 2014)

The lecture course Quantum Systems for Information Technology (QSIT) will be held in the spring term (FS) 2014. The course is presented as a lecture complemented by an excercise class which is designed to give you a thorough introduction to experimental realizations of quantum information processing. A short summary of the contents of each of the lectures is provided below.

Course Layout: Quantum Systems for Information Technology (QSIT)

Lecture notes: Lecture notes and exercise sheets can be found here.

Student presentations: Material for student presentations can be found here.


  • Introduction to QIPC (4 weeks)
  • Quantum Information Processing with
    • Superconducting Circuits (4 weeks)
      • Qubits
      • Gates
      • Read-out
      • Algorithms
    • Quantum Dots (1 week)
    • Photons (1 week)
    • Ions (1 week)
    • Nuclei (1 week)
  • Summary Session and Lab Tour (1 week)

Aim of Class

In recent years the realm of quantum mechanics has entered the domain of information technology. Enormous progress in the physical sciences and in engineering and technology has allowed us to envisage building novel types of information processors based on the concepts of quantum physics. In these processors information is stored in the quantum state of physical systems forming quantum bits (qubits). The interaction between qubits is controlled and the resulting states are read out on the level of single quanta in order to process information. Realizing such challenging tasks may allow constructing an information processor much more powerful than a classical computer. The aim of this class is to give a thorough introduction to physical implementations pursued in current research for realizing quantum information processors. The field of quantum information science is one of the fastest growing and most active domains of research in modern physics.

Attendance: The course is intended for Masters and doctoral level students or advanced Bachelor level students in Physics and related subjects. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics as provided by the courses Physics IV, (new Physics III) , QM I (QM II) will be helpful to follow this course.


402-0577-00 V     Fri13:00-14:45    HIT F 13     QSIT: Experiment (V)

402-0577-00 U     Fri15:00-16:45    HIT F 13     QSIT: Experiment (U) 


Performance assesment

ECTS credits 8
Examiners A. Wallraff 
Type session examination
Language English
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition The performance assessment can be eximened every session.Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examination

oral 20 minutes

Previous courses:

2013 (FS) class website
2012 (HS) class website
2012 (FS) class website
2011 (HS) class website
2010 (HS) class website
2009 (HS) class website
2008 (HS) class website