2020 Introduction to Quantum Science and Technology

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Academy for Super Smart Society
Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Course description and aims

Quantum science and technology is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary research subject based on quantum mechanics. This course provides a gentle introduction of quantum science and technology particularly for those who have NOT learned quantum mechanics before. Quantum two-level systems (quantum bits), which are the simplest but useful building blocks for understanding quantum mechanical behaviors, will be focused. The lecture covers basic notions of quantum measurement and dynamics and applications for quantum cryptography and quantum computing.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to explain the basic notions of quantum mechanics and the importance of quantum science and technology.


Quantum mechanics, Quantum measurement, Quantum dynamics, Quantum cryptography, Quantum computing.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The lecture will be followed by some exercises, assignments, and experimental presentations for better understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and overview Understanding the significance of quantum science and technology
Class 2 Quantum state and wave function Physical understanding of quantum states
Class 3 Quantum measurement Physical understanding of quantum measurement
Class 4 The Heisenberg uncertainty principle Physical understanding of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
Class 5 Quantum cryptography Experiencing a quantum cryptography protocol with a principle experiment
Class 6 Quantum dynamics and Schrödinger equation Designing unitary operations on quantum states
Class 7 Quantum computation Understanding quantum information processing

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lecture notes will be available from OCWi.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Some books may be recommended in the lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignment reports and attendance.

Related courses

  • PHY.Q207 : Introduction to Quantum Mechanics(Lecture)
  • PHY.Q435 : Quantum Information

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

We assume all students have learned fundamentals of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and linear algebra at an entry-level of an undergraduate course.

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