ECE 59500 - Applied Quantum Computing II-Hardware


This is a 1-credit, 5-week course that will run weeks 6-10 of the semester.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fields and Optics
  • Microelectronics and Nanotechnology

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Selective - Special Content

Normally Offered:

Each Spring


On-campus and online


ECE 59500 Applied Quantum Computing I-Fundamentals, MA 26500 and MA 266 (or MA 26266), PHYS 17200

Requisites by Topic:

Fundamentals of applied quantum computing, linear algebra, differential equations

Catalog Description:

This course is part 2 of the series of Quantum computing courses, which covers aspects from fundamentals to present-day hardware platforms to quantum software and programming. The goal of part 2 is to provide the essential understanding of how the fundamental quantum phenomena discussed in part 1 can be realized in various material platforms and the underlying challenges faced by each platform. To this end, we will focus on how quantum bits (qubits, the building block of quantum information processing) can be defined in each platform, how such qubits are manipulated and interconnected to form larger systems, and the sources of errors in each platform. With an emphasis on present-day leading candidates, we will discuss following specific quantum material platforms: 1) Superconductor-based 2) Atom/ion traps-based 3) Spin-based The material will appeal to engineering students, natural sciences students, and professionals whose interests are in using and developing quantum information processing technologies.

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Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated an ability to:

  • apply principles of quantum mechanics in real-world hardware platforms understand how quantum computing technologies work

Lecture Outline:

Week Topic
1 General principles: mapping quantum postulates to hardware platforms
2 Superconducting quantum platforms
3 Atomic and ionic quantum platforms
4 Spin-based quantum platforms: quantum dots and impurities
5 Challenges in hardware platforms

Assessment Method:

quizzes, exam