Fundamentals of Quantum Information | ADVANCED

Quantum information is at the heart of quantum computing: learn how it is mathematically represented via quantum circuits and how to manipulate quantum entanglement with these circuits. LEVEL: ADVANCED

Fundamentals of Quantum Information

About this course

Quantum information is the foundation of the second quantum revolution. With classical computers and the classical internet, we are always manipulating classical information, made of bits. On the other hand, quantum computing and quantum communication consist in the processing of quantum information, made of qubits.
Take away the hardware, and all quantum computers work the same way, through the clever manipulation of quantum information and entanglement. This course provides a deeper understanding of some of the topics covered in QuTech Academy's Quantum 101 program, namely, the representation and manipulation of quantum information at the level of abstract quantum circuits. Specifically, single and multi-qubit gates and circuits are introduced, and basic algorithms and protocols such as quantum state teleportation, superdense coding, and entanglement swapping are discussed. The course also presents quantum gate sets, their universality, and compilations between different gate expressions. These concepts are then made concrete with the Quantum Inspire simulator (a cloud-based quantum computing platform, created and maintained by QuTech at TU Delft), and the physics and operations with spin qubits will be detailed. The course concludes with an examination of quantum supremacy and near-term quantum devices, also known as “noisy-intermediate scale” (NISQ) quantum computing.

This course is authored by experts from the QuTech research center at Delft University of Technology. In the center, scientists and engineers work together to drive research and development in quantum technology. QuTech Academy’s aim is to inspire, share and disseminate knowledge about the latest developments in quantum technology.

At a glance

  • Institution: DelftX
  • Level:  Advanced
  • Prerequisites: We advice to first follow the INTRODUCTORY & INTERMEDIATE courses available on QuTech Academy (see: Courses)
  • Language:  English
  • Duration: Estimated 4 weeks, 6–8 hours per week, Self-paced: Progress at your own speed
  • Price: Free // Optional upgrade available

What you'll learn

  • Utilize quantum circuits to represent, manipulate, and measure single/multi-qubit quantum states
  • Create entanglement and use it to teleport quantum information
  • Compile quantum circuits to universal gate sets
  • Use electron spins to store quantum information in Quantum Inspire, QuTech quantum computing cloud-based platform
  • Understand quantum supremacy and NISQ devices