Phys 572.001 Quantum Information Theory   Spring 2017
  Call No. 43989
  This course will cover a variety of topics in quantum information theory. The goal of the course is to convey some of the chief results of quantum information theory and to master some of the relevant mathematical techniques. The topics to be covered are classical information, the Hilbert-space formulation of quantum mechanics, quantum states, quantum dynamics and measurements, the quantum circuit model, qubit operations, and cloning and distinguishability.

The course syllabus details the topics to be covered and provides a complete schedule for the course. It is also your gateway to the web-based material: lecture notes, special handouts, homework assignments, and solution sets, all of which are available as pdf files linked to the syllabus.

The course assumes that you have a good background in linear algebra and some familiarity with the Hilbert-space formulation of quantum mechanics, including the description of quantum states as vectors in Hilbert space, observables as Hermitian operators, and time evolutions as unitary operators. The course is structured so that you could come up to speed on these things as the course progresses, but that would involve a bit of scrambling. It is certainly to your advantage if you have some familiarity with Dirac's bra-ket notation for manipulating the linear-algebraic mathematical objects of quantum mechanics and you are familiar with the Pauli-matrix algebra for two-state quantum systems (qubits) and with the associated Bloch-sphere description of qubit quantum states.

There will be no graded homework assignments and no exams. You should view the homework problems as a learning experience, aided by having the solutions for the problems available to you as you work through the problems. Your grade in the course will be determined by your attendance at and participation in the lectures.

  Basic information
Instructor Professor Carlton M. Caves
Office: P&A 28
Phone: (505)277-1850
Mobile phone: (505)350-8963
Meeting times T,Th 11:00 am-12:15 pm
P&A 5
Office hours If you have questions, please stop by my group meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm. My PhD students and I will discuss your questions with you.
Textbook Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang (recommended)