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TEK9540 – Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to quantum information, quantum computation and quantum communications for students with sufficient background in physics and/or mathematics. Students with background in informatics with sufficient knowledge in mathematics, especially on linear algebra, can also take the course. The course focuses on quantum information more than physical realizations.

Learning outcome

Students without sufficient background in physics will be given an introduction to quantum mechanics using linear algebra: Evolution, measurements, density operators, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, teleportation and Bell´s inequality.

Students with a background corresponding to FYS4110 - Modern quantum mechanics may focus on physical realizations of quantum circuits or quantum communication protocols, and/or more advanced topics in quantum information theory.

After passing the course you have:

  • Thorough knowledge about quantum physics from an information perspective, including quantum information theory, Schmidt decomposition and purification, distance measures and fidelity, quantum operations, entropy, Holevo´s bound, and entanglement distillation.
  • Learned about quantum circuits, quantum algorithms, and error correcting codes. Performed a quantum computation using publicly available quantum computers.
  • Learned about protocols in quantum cryptography and quantum communications, including some security analysis.

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.

You will need basic knowledge of linear algebra. We will try to adjust the course to varying knowledge of quantum mechanics.

Overlapping courses


The teaching will be organized as a guided self-study in addition to individual exercises.

There may be some lectures, dependent on the number of students. The course has no mandatory activities or assignments.


Oral examination in the end of the semester. In the case of many candidates, an written examination can be held in stead. The course has no mandatory activities or assignments.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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) Aug. 9, 2020 5:18:26 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held autumn 2019


Examination is last held autumn 2019

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