Course syllabus

Quantum Information

FAFN40, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: F4, F4-f, MFOT1, MNAV1, N4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course aims at giving the participants a basic understanding of central concepts in quantum information science and quantum computing. Combining quantum mechanics and information science open new avenues and perspectives for processing and communicating data and the students are given the opportunity to reflect on the consequences this may give.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

have acquired

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

have acquired the ability to

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

should have obtained some insight on how the developement of quantum information might affect the information technology area in the future.


Introduction to quantum mechanics and computer science. Single and coupled quantum bits. Quantum circuits and universal quantum gates. The quantum Fourier transform, Shors algorithm of prime number factorization, the Grover search algorithm. The concept of entropy in quantum information. Quantum communication and quantum cryptography. Quantum entanglement and quantum cryptography.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course is based on lectures, a laboratory exercise, hand-in exercises and a project. To pass the course hand-in exercises, lab report and the written and oral project presentation needs to be approved. Grades, 3, 4 or 5, are primarily decided based on the written project report, but also the oral project presentation can influence the grade if the written report is at the border between two different grades.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: Linear algebra, rudimentary quantum mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Andreas Walther,
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