Lecturer: Ronald de Wolf (CWI and ILLC)

Teaching assistant: TBA

This course will complement Maris Ozols and Michael Walter's course on Quantum Information Theory that's taught on Monday afternoon. Neither course requires the other, but students interested in writing a thesis in quantum computation/information are encouraged to follow both.

Each Monday block consists of 2 hours of lectures followed by an exercise session.

- The homework needs to be handed in before the start of the next lecture, i.e., the next Monday 10:00, in person or by email to
**homeworkquantumcomputing@gmail.com**. This is a**hard deadline**: if you arrive late for the lecture, then you cannot hand in homework anymore, similarly if you send it by an email that arrives after 10:00. - The answers should be in English. Handwritten solutions or emailed scans thereof are fine, as long as they are clearly readable. If you're emailing your solutions, please send a (moderately-sized)
**pdf attachment**, not separate images (nor a url); the contrast should be sufficient so that it's still readable after printing ("CamScanner" is a decent app for this). - Cooperation among students is allowed, but everyone has to hand in their own solution set in their own words. Do not share files before the homework deadline, and never put the solutions online. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
- Note that Appendix C has hints for some of the exercises, indicated by (H). If the hint gives you some facts (for instance that there exists an efficient classical algorithm for testing if a given number is prime) then you can use these facts in your answer without proving/deriving these facts themselves.
- If you have questions about the homework or the lectures, email Ronald (rdewolf@cwi.nl).
- You can pick up your graded homework in subsequent lectures.

Here are our notes with general feedback on the homework, incl. some model solutions. These notes will be updated every week, so check them regularly.

The final exam (June 8) will be open book, meaning you can bring the lecture notes, your own notes, homework, and any other papers you want, but no electronic devices. Your grade for the exam should be at least 5.0 in order to pass the course. There's the possibility for a re-sit of the exam on June 29. The final grade is determined for 60% by the final exam (or the re-sit if you take it) and 40% by the homework-grade. In accordance with the Mastermath rules, the final grade will be rounded to the nearest integer, also for Master of Logic students.

- Monday February 3, 10:00-12:45

Introduction to quantum mechanics and qubits, overview of the course

Chapter 1 of lecture notes. Also make sure you know the material in Appendices A and B

- Monday February 10, 10:00-12:45

The circuit model, Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm

Chapter 2 of lecture notes

- Monday February 17, 10:00-12:45

Simon's algorithm

Chapter 3 of lecture notes

- Monday February 24, 10:00-12:45

Quantum Fourier transform

Chapter 4 of lecture notes

- Monday March 2, 10:00-12:45

Shor's factoring algorithm

Chapter 5 of lecture notes

- Monday March 9, 10:00-12:45

Grover's search algorithm

Chapter 7 of lecture notes

- Monday March 16, 10:00-12:45

Quantum query lower bounds

Chapter 11 of lecture notes

- Monday March 23, 10:00-12:45

Quantum complexity theory

Chapter 12 of lecture notes

- Monday March 30, 10:00-12:45

Quantum encodings, with a non-quantum application

Chapter 13 of lecture notes

- Monday April 6, 10:00-12:45

Monday April 13, no class (Easter Monday)

- Monday April 20, 10:00-12:45

Quantum communication complexity

Chapter 14 of lecture notes

Monday April 27, no class (King's Day)

Monday May 4, no class (Commemoration of the dead)

- Monday May 11, 10:00-12:45

Quantum cryptography

Chapter 16 of lecture notes

- Monday May 18, 10:00-12:45

Elective topic 1

- Monday May 25, 10:00-12:45

Elective topic 2

No homework for this week, but there will probably be a related question on the exam

- Monday June 8, 10:00-13:00

Final exam (open book: all paper is allowed, no electronics)

Location: REC M3.01 (Roeterseiland)

If you want to practice, here are the exams from 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019, with solutions.

- Monday June 29, 10:00-13:00

Re-sit of the exam (open book: all paper is allowed, no electronics)

Location: Science Park B0.204

If you want to take the re-sit: let Ronald know by email, at least one day in advance. If you take the re-sit, the earlier exam-grade will be nullified and replaced by the re-sit-grade. Be aware that this could actually worsen your grade, or even make you fail the course if your re-sit grade is <5.0. Your homework grade will still count for 40%.

Last update of this page: Sep 12, 2019