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Quantum Networks


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Mathematically describe the basic quantum mechanics of light-mater interactions
  • Quantify generation and storage of quantum optical information for long-distance quantum communication
  • Examine quantum networking protocols and network architectures
  • Evaluate engineering challenges in generation and storage of photonic qubits and entanglement distribution


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.

Topics Covered:


Knowledge of basic electromagnetic field theory, basic electronic circuits, algebra, calculus, and differential equations.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Weekly assignment including multiple choice quizzes, problem solving activities, and graded discussions


One final exam


Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: