Math 689, Fall 2017: Quantum computing and information
Meeting: MWF 12:40-1:30, BLOC 121
Office hours: Tues. 1:30-2:30pm and Thurs. 10-11am or by appointment
Instructor: Joseph (JM) Landsberg

office 601H.

  E-mail: jml@math.tamu.edu please include "689" in the subject line when emailing me
 
my cv


E-mail. I will be contacting the class though the TAMU e-mail system.


Course description
I will give the basics of quantum computing and quantum information theory, with special attention to geometric aspects.

 
Textbook
Notes for the class will be distributed. Click here for the most recent version. (Notes will be posted a week in advance.)

Supplementary texts include:
1.
Kitaev, A. Yu.; Shen, A. H.; Vyalyi, M. N.
Classical and quantum computation. 
Translated from the 1999 Russian original by Lester J. Senechal. Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 47.American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2002. xiv+257 pp. ISBN: 0-8218-2161-X
2.
Arora, Sanjeev; Barak, Boaz Computational complexity. A modern approach.Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009. xxiv+579 pp. ISBN: 978-0-521-42426-4
3.
Nielsen, Michael A.(5-QLD); Chuang, Isaac L.(1-STF)
Quantum computation and quantum information.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000. xxvi+676 pp. ISBN: 0-521-63235-8; 0-521-63503-9
4.
Christandl, Matthais, Quantum information theory (notes)


all of which are available online via libcat or   on reserve at the library.

Additional reading
2025 Warning
Shannon's classic paper : A Mathematical Theory of Communication
Turing's classic paper: Computing Machinery and Intelligence
 
Prerequisite
Students should have a strong background in linear algebra and some familiarity with multi-linear algebra.
Some familiarity with discrete probability and undergraduate algebra will be useful, but is not required.

Grading System: Grades will be based entirely on weekly homework.

Homework will be assigned each week.  Homework will be graded on a scale of 0-100, with
A: 90-100, B:80-90, C: 70-80, D:60-70.

Assignments (unless otherwise specified, numbers are from class notes). Please hand in at least 3 problems per week.
On weeks where more than 3 are assigned, you may choose which 3 to hand in.:
Due Wed. Sept. 6: Exercises 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.3.1
Due Wed. Sept. 13: Exercises 1.4.2, 1.4.10, 1.4.11 (just first two matrices)
Due Wed. Sept. 20: Exercises 2.2.3(called 2.2.4 in current notes), 2.2.11, 2.2.12 - if you are not familiar with the Unitary group I suggest doing all the exercises of 2.2 (but just hand in the assigned ones)
Due Wed. Sept. 27: Exercises 2.2.14, 3,2,4, 3.3.4
Due Friday Oct. 13: Exercises 3.4.9,3.4.11,4.1.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.3.
Due Monday Oct. 23: Exercises 4.3.1,4.3.3, 4.3.5.

Tentative Calendar:
Week 1: Surprising algorithms and classical complexity
Week 2: Probabilistic complexity
Weeks 3-4: Quantum mechanics for quantum computing
Weeks 6-8: Quantum algorithms, including Grover, Simons, Shor
Weeks 9-10: Classical Inforation theory
Weeks 11-14: Quantum Information theory
 

 

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Attendance
See Student Rule 7.

 


Grade complaints:
If you think a homework  was graded incorrectly you
have one week from the time the graded assignment was returned to you to bring the
issue to the instructor's attention. No complaints after that time will be considered.
 
 

 

Policy regarding absences related to injury or illness: All such absences will be excused
if sufficient documentation is provided as per University policy and
the instructor will help the student make up any missed material.
 

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