MAS.865 will NOT be offered in the Spring of 2005. As an experiment, parts of the quantum information course material will be taught as part of 8.422 (Atomic Physics II).Click here for the Spring 2006 MIT 6.443J / 8.371J / 18.409 / MAS.865 website
Advanced graduate course on quantum computation and quantum information. Prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is required. The first semester of this twocourse sequence (18.435) was taught by Peter Shor in the Fall of 2003, and covered quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, cryptography, and introduced fault tolerance. This semester, we will focus on two areas: (1) additional applications of quantum information, including metrology, communication, and authentication, and (2) implementations, including NMR, trapped ions, neutral atoms, superconductors, and photons.

Course Textbook Errata 
[T 03Feb]  Lecture 1: Entanglement as a resource; precision measurement; circuits and gates  [PS#1 out] 
[R 05Feb]  Lecture 2: Mixed state entanglement; review of quantum operations and density matrices  
[T 10Feb]  Lecture 3: Quantum error correction (review)  
[R 12Feb]  Lecture 4: (Guest: Aram Harrow) Entanglement distillation and dilution  [PS#2 out, PS#1 due] 
[T 17Feb]  No class (Monday schedule)  
[R 19Feb]  Lecture 5: (Guest: Ken Brown) Stabilizer methods; entanglement of stabilizer states  
[T 24Feb]  Lecture 6: (Guest) Quantum communication channels  
[R 26Feb]  Lecture 7: (Guest: Aram Harrow) Quantum communication complexity  [PS#3 out, PS#2 due] 
[T 02Mar]  Lecture 8: Quantum software; teleporting gates  
[R 04Mar]  Lecture 9: Quantum bit commitment; random access codes  
[T 09Mar]  Lecture 10: Quantum fingerprinting; digital signatures  
[R 11Mar]  Lecture 11: Quantum games  [PS#4 out, PS#3 due] 
[T 16Mar]  Lecture 12: Simulation of quantum systems  
[R 18Mar]  Lecture 13: Adiabatic quantum computation; continuous time quantum search  
[T 23Mar]  Spring Break  
[R 25Mar]  Spring Break  
[T 30Mar]  Lecture 14: Implementation  Nuclear spins in NMR and in semiconductors  
[R 01Apr]  Lecture 15: Bang bang quantum control  [PS#5 out, PS#4 due] 
[T 06Apr]  Lecture 16: Trapped ion quantum computers  
[R 08Apr]  Lecture 17: Neutral atom quantum computers  
[T 13Apr]  Lecture 18: Quantum state & process tomography; fidelity measures  
[R 15Apr]  Lecture 19: Superconductor quantum computers  [Project forms out, PS#5 due] 
[T 20Apr]  MIT Holiday: Patriot's day  
[R 22Apr]  Lecture 20: Fault tolerant quantum computation  
[T 27Apr]  Lecture 21: (Guest: Ken Brown) Linear optics quantum computers  
[R 29Apr]  Lecture 22: (Guest: Ken Brown) Physical limits to heat engines; algorithmic cooling  [Project forms due] 
[T 04May]  Open  
[R 06May]  Open  
[T 11May]  Open  
[R 13May]  Final project paper due 
Syllabus (pdf) 