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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to some advanced topics in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. We discuss three main topics: Basic formalism and the probabilistic interpretation of quantum mechanics, with emphasis on entanglement and the EPR paradox. Quantum systems as information carriers and how this is used in communication and quantum computing. The interaction between and quantized fields (photons), which gives the possibility to discuss spontaneous and stimulated emission, illustrated by the principles of lasers.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course:​

  • You will have insight in "modern" aspects of quantum mechanics, including quantum coherence, coherent interaction between atoms and photons, and quantum entanglement.
  • You will be able to use the density matrix formulation and study the relation between quantum subsystems and a total quantum state.
  • You have deep knowledge of the difference between classical correlations and quantum entanglement.
  • You can apply the quantum mechanical description of photons on elementary radiation processes.
  • You have knowledge of the basic concepts in quantum information theory and how these can be applied in quantum computers.
  • You have knowledge of geometrical structures in the Hilbert space and geometric phases in adiabatic change of state.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


The course is given for a full semester with 6 hours teaching every week (lectures and problem solving).


  • ​A home examination in the middle of the semester, which counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • A final written examination (4 hours), which counts 80% towards the final grade.

Both the home examination and the final written exam must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4110 – Modern Quantum Mechanics

Examination support material

  • Approved calculator
  • Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"
  • Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: "Fysiske størrelser og enheter"

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 10:11:48 AM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)