Master’s studies

Syllabus for Quantum Information



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA592
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Course.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

  • in words explain central theoretical concepts in quantum information
  • analyse quantum states by using tools in quantum information theory
  • solve problems in quantum information
  • describe possible applications of quantum information in information technology


Density operators,  projective and generalised measurements, no-cloning theorem, quantum copying, open quantum systems: Lindblad’s equation
Qubits: physical realisations and the Bloch sphere, quantum entanglement, quantum teleportation
Quantum key distribution
Entropy (von Neumann), distance measures for quantum information: trace distance and fidelity
Completely positive maps, Kraus representations  


Lectures and exercise classes 


Written exam, oral presentation of a selected journal article in the field.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 20, 2017