ECE 69500 - Quantum Networks


This is a 1-credit, 5-week course that runs weeks 11-15 of the semester.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fields and Optics

Counts as:

  • EE Elective - Special Content
  • CMPE Selective - Special Content

Normally Offered:

Each Spring


On-campus and online


ECE 31100

Requisites by Topic:

Student should have knowledge in basic probability theory, electromagnetic field theory, basic electronic circuits, algebra and calculous, differential equations.

Catalog Description:

Applying exotic quantum properties such as entanglement to every-day applications such as communication and computation reveals new dimensions of such applications. Quantum encoding and entanglement distribution provide means to establish fundamentally secure communication links for transfer of classical and quantum data. Generation, transmission and storage of quantum optical information are basic processes required to establish a quantum optical network. This course describes the physics behind these processes and overviews various implementation approaches. Technologies including quantum key distribution, quantum repeaters, quantum memories and quantum teleportation will be discussed and their engineering challenges will be evaluated.

Required Text(s):

  1. Quantum Optics, An Introduction , Mark Fox

Recommended Text(s):

  1. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information , 10th Edition , Michael Nielsen

Lecture Outline:

Lecture Topics
1 Classical communication/networks
2 QKD/BB84 with weak coherent states
3 Light-atom interactions
4 Single photon sources, QDS, NV Centers, weak coherent state, probabilistic vs. deterministic issue
5 Entangled sources, down conversion in crystals, on-chip parametric oscillators, bi-excitonic entangled sources, recent breakthrough from USTC China
6 Quantum teleportation
7 Quantum memories
8 DLCZ protocol
9 Quantum repeaters
10 Multiplexed processing
11 Recent quantum networking experiments
12 Towards distributed quantum computing