Netherlands, Nijmegen

Quantum in the Summer

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

One of today’s most fascinating fields of research and innovation involves applying quantum phenomena to new technology. Quantum technologies is an area in which EU has recently committed more than €250 million. Research in quantum technologies has opened a new path to 100% secure communication. Indeed, quantum technologies promise to revolutionise society in this century through secure communication, precision measurement, and powerful computation.

The purpose of this Summer school is to partake in this revolution by encouraging the next generation of researchers into quantum-based research. The aim of the school is to bring the audience up to the cutting edge of research in some aspects of quantum information and computation, and to make it easier to get to that cutting edge in other aspects of the field.

The school will consist of a relatively small number of lecturers. We will offer a coherent, unified, in-depth set of lectures and tutorials. Our focus will be on fundamental theory supplemented by illustrative examples of quantum mechanics in action. By grounding the audience with such a basis, we hope to stimulate future work and inspire the next-generation of research.

Quantum information and computation is one of the fields that benefits most from the creative interaction of mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and others. We stress that no prior experience of quantum theory will be assumed. Instead, we delight in introducing the audience to, amongst others:

1. The basics of quantum mechanics via well-worked examples;
2. Fundamental protocols of quantum information science, such as, superdense coding and quantum teleportation;
3. The widely used model of quantum computation, the so-called quantum circuits model of computation. This is the model in which results such as Shor’s factoring algorithm;
4. Insights into the 'spooky' nature of quantum entanglement and explanation of why “entanglement is a physical resource”;
5. Properties of quantum communication channels and their application.

Finally, we will offer an exciting set of half-hour afternoon research seminars, which will be designed to give the audience a feel for some cutting-edge the research currently underway in the field.

Course leader

Colin Michael Wilmott
Senior Lecturer
Mathematics
Nottingham Trent University

Target group

Advanced Bachelor. Quantum information and computation is one of the fields that benefits most from the creative interaction of mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and others. We stress that no prior experience of quantum theory will be assumed. Please don’t be concerned if you are not familiar with quantum mechanics. Instead, we ask that the audience has an experience of elementary linear algebra and mathematical maturity of a third year undergraduate.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Understand fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics;
2. Describe the workings of foundational quantum protocols, such as, superdense coding and quantum teleportation.
3. Understand the concept of entanglement and its importance as a physical resource;
4. Describe quantum communication channels and be able to define concepts, such as, channel capacity.

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

Scholarships

We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)