## Master Seminar WS2019

# Seminar Quantum Computation

## Contact

## Content

Quantum Computing offers great potential in many fields of computer science
such as cryptography or quantum simulation.
Quantum computers are very different from classical computers
and are believed to be able to efficiently solve some problems
considered hard for classical computers.
For an introduction see

here.

We put less emphasis on the physical foundations of quantum mechanics.
Instead, we focus on quantum computing models such as the

quantum circuit model.
These models offer a powerful abstraction of quantum computing
and can be studied without knowledge of quantum mechanics.
We will discuss models of quantum computation,
quantum algorithms, as well as quantum complexity theory.
This is a hard topic as we will go deep down into the gritty details of quantum
computing.

Selected topics include:
quantum teleportation,

superdense coding,

quantum search algorithms,

quantum Fourier transform and its applications such as

Shor's algorithm.

## Structure

Participants are required to independently read the first few chapters of
the book

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
by Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang.
In order to make sure that everyone understands the topic
we offer one or two question sessions where participants can ask about
material they did not understand themselves.
Afterwards, we assign each participant one topic. The participants will
have some time to prepare and in the beginning of 2020
all topics will be presented in block seminar form.
Some time later, each participant has to hand in a written report on their topic.

## Requirements

Participants are not expected to have any prior knowledge of quantum mechanics
or quantum computing whatsoever.
However, all topics in this seminar are very
mathematical and require strong knowledge in linear algebra and combinatorics.
If you enjoyed discrete structures and linear algebra you will be fine.

## Dates

The kick-off meeting will take place Friday, 11.10. at 12:30 in room 5055.

## Material

## Essay

Your essay should be written in LaTeX and
should not exceed 8 pages (excluding references). Please use

this template (or something equivalent).