Intro to Quantum Science & Tech


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

Identify fundamental differences between classical and quantum technologies


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.

Topics Covered:

  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


Classical electromagnetics, algebra, differential equations, basic statistics.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Assessments are a combination of multiple choice questions, problem solving questions, reading and discussion, as well as a final project.
Multiple choice questions will be graded automatically and any questions regarding those can be asked at the end of each module where instructor will discuss solutions.
Problem solving questions require submission of written work and will be graded manually.
Reading and discussion will be manually evaluated by the instructor as part of the final grade. In general, students are required to answer/discuss/comment of at least two questions listed by the instructor or peers and post at least one question to be answered by peers.


Students are strongly encouraged to begin designing and developing the final project as soon as possible. Students are expected to perform a case study on a specific quantum technology (for example ion quantum computing, or diamond quantum sensing or similar) and identify the following components: 1) Motivate and introduction (5%), 20 Basic working principle (25%), 3) Various implementations (15%), 4) Engineering challenges (25%), 5) Ways to mitigate challenges (25%), 6) Conclusion and References (5%)
The final submission to the Gradescope can be either in a form of recorded presentation (30 min) or ~4 page essay (see the template on Gradescope). The project can be done individually or as a group (3 members maximum). For group submissions, you must consult with the instructor first about the topic of the project. A higher quality of presentation or essay is expected, proportional to the number of participants.


Two midterm quizzes consists of multiple choice questions.


Recommended Reference:
  • Quantum Optics, An Introduction, by Mark Fox
  • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information: 10th Edition, Nielson, Michael
  • Physical Foundations of Solid-State Devices, E.F. Schubert Rensselear, Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York, 2006 Edition
  • Principles of Quantum Computation and Information, Vol I, Basic Concepts, Beneti-Casati-Strini, Publisher: World Scientific

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum requirements, MatLab or GNU or equivalent.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: