ECE 59500: Introduction to Quantum Science and Technology

Lecture Hours:

Credits: 3

Area of Specialization: Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (MN)

Catalog Description:

This course introduces basic laws of quantum mechanics and provides an introduction to revolutionary quantum technologies. The boundary between classical and quantum physics, quantization of EM field and its consequences, quantum electromagnetic and atomic physics, and their applications in quantum communication, quantum computations, and quantum sensing are discussed. The course will allow students to develop a conceptual understanding of quantum phenomena and identifies engineering challenges of various quantum technologies. 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify fundamental differences between quantum and classical technologies.  
  2. Mathematically describe simple quantum phenomena. 
  3. Interpreting quantum signatures in experimental data.  
  4. Analyze engineering challenges of quantum technologies. 

Required Text(s): None

Recommended Reference:

  • Fox, Mark. Quantum Optics an Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford UP, 2006. Oxford Master Ser.
  • Nielsen, Michael A., and Isaac L. Chuang. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge UP, 2000.
  • Schubert, E.F. Physical Foundations of Solid-State Devices. Troy, New York: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 2006.
  • Benenti, Casati, Strini, Casati, Giulio, and Strini, Giuliano. Principles of Quantum Computation and Information. Volume 1, Basic Concepts. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 2004.
  • Hameka, Hendrik F. Quantum Mechanics: A Conceptual Approach. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience, 2004.

Course Topics:

  1. Overview of Quantum Technologies 
  2. Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics 
  3. Essential Concepts in Quantum Mechanics   
  4. Quantum Resources: EM waves 
  5. Quantum Resources: Atoms 
  6. Quantum Resources: Superconducting devices 
  7. Quantum Sensing 
  8. Quantum Communication