UNIK9420 – Quantum computation and quantum information

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Course content

Introduction to quantum mechanics: Linear algebra, postulates, evolution, measurements, density operators. The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, teleportation and Bell's inequality. Classical and quantum circuits. Quantum algorithms. Quantum information theory: Schmidt decomposition and purification, fitelity, quantum operations, entropy, Holevo's bound. Error-correcting codes, measurements of entanglement and distillation of entanglement. Quantum cryptography. Physical realizations of quantum circuits with focus on photonic realizations.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of linear algebra. We will try to adjust the course to varying knowledge of quantum mechanics.


The teaching will be organized as a guided self-study.


Oral examination in the end of the semester. In the case of many candidates, an written examination can be held in stead.

Grading scale

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Explanations and appeals

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Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2013


Every other autumn starting 2013

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)