students are asked to choose a
the following list or to make a personal choice among topics related to
the content of the
A proposal (topic, plan) will be submitted by September 17th, 2009, for approval.
A progress report will be submitted on October 22nd, 2009,
The final report should contain 30-35 pages simple spacing in pdf format and will be submitted by November 30th, 2009, following the instructions below.
This report will be graded and will count for 35% of the final evaluation.
List of topics (non exhaustive)
Qubits builts from quantum dots,
The "Quantronium": a Josephson junction qubit,
Controlled entanglement: physical realization,
Quantum computing with ion traps,
Quantum computing with NMR,
Quantum computing with photons,
Quantum computing with microwaves,
Can one quantum compute with excitons ?
Quantum cryptography: theory and applications,
Kitaev's topological quantum computing,
Algorithms: quantum search, quantum simulation, quantum counting
Decoherence: definition, examples, dissipation, mathematical description.
Error correcting codes,
Quantum versions of the Shannon theorem,
Quantum chaos as a possible limit to quantum computing,
Quantum noise: quantum corrections to Shottky theory of shot noise, experiments.
Classical logic and quantum computing: the Goedel theorem.
Quantum information theory.
Building a quantum computer: the Steane project (December 2004)
Storing a photon state in a memory (Kuzmich team experiment December 2005)
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Writing the report (see Mayfield Handbook of Scientific Writing)
The student will choose a topic among this list or make his own choice (with the approval
of the instructor). He will also choose one or two papers (or a book chapter) to read
as an illustration of this subject and collect documents that may help understanding these papers
.pdf file to be sent by e-mail to the instructor on Thursday September 17th, 2009, for approval
The proposal should be presented on 1/2 a page in .pdf format, containing
a header with the course informations
the title followed by the student's name
a list of possible sections organizing the report
a list of documents to start with together with their exact and complete references
(to main)Progress report:
.pdf file by e-mail to the instructor on Thursday October 22nd, 2009,
Students will give an account of what they have done so far: list of documents collected, an updated outline and
5-7 pages already written (to check the style).
(to main)Report submission
Novenber 30th, 2009 (.pdf format copy accessible to the
Content of the
report should be typed and accessible by e-mail or on a web
site in .pdf format.
Using LaTeX is recommended.
It should contain at least 30 and at most35 typed pages with single space and the following informations:
an expository introduction (not more than two typed pages) explaining the motivation,
the purpose and the history of the topic,
a section describing the content of the paper(s), book(s) or other documents that has been read.
a section in which one technical aspect (calculation, experiment, computer simulation, or algorithm....) is
described in detail. This section will serve to demonstrate that the student has mastered techniques taught in class.
a conclusion (no more than two pages) giving a clear description of the outcome for this topic,
its limitation, its future,
a list of references: only those references effectively read by the student should be quoted;
a special attention will be paid upon how the references are quoted (exact location, standard presentation),
web sites references can be used if properly quoted.
students should NEVER copy anything without quoting the reference where it has been found.
Plagiarism is illegal and can lead to severe sanctions from the Georgia Tech authorities if discovered.