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PHYS4021 Frontiers in Quantum Computation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The content of this unit includes (1) Fundamentals of quantum computing: historical development of computational tools, power of quantum superposition and parallelism, quantum bits and state vectors, quantum circuits and unitary operators, universal quantum computation; (2) Quantum algorithms: Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm, Shor's algorithm for integer factorization, quantum Fourier transform and its properties, quantum phase estimation and finding eigenvalues, Grover's search algorithm, quantum amplitude amplification and estimation, quantum optimisation; (3) Quantum errors: cause and effect, quantum error correction, quantum fault-tolerant computation; (4) Quantum Information: quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, quantum bit commitment, and quantum communication.
Students are able to (1) explain the principles and concepts in quantum information, simulation, and computation; (2) understand quantum bits, quantum logic gates, quantum circuits; (3) evaluate quantum algorithms and quantum protocols for information processing, simulation, and communication; and (4) communicate effectively through scientific writing and group discussions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jingbo Wang
Unit rules
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods or equivalent or higher.
Advisable prior study:
completion of the core units in the Physics or Frontier Physics or Mathematics and Statistics or Computer Science or Engineering Science majors or equivalent.
PHYS3005 Quantum Computation (ID 7770)
Contact hours
lectures/workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week
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