Quantum Information and Computation

Department of Mathematics/AMSC program
Department of Philosophy
Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST)
Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)
Center for Scientific Computation & Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM)
--University of Maryland, College Park

LECTURES: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm (unless noted otherwise);
Room: MATH 3206

Organizers: Jeffrey Bub (,
Dionisios Margetis (

Scope & Focus: This informal seminar series consists of a sequence of pedagogical lectures
on the fundamentals of quantum information and computation. The basic physical and mathematical concepts
will be introduced and discussed in the light of recent advances in quantum computing.

Topics to be discussed include: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics;
introductory elements of quantum computation and information;
the physics of quantum computing and experimental advances and challenges;
aspects of quantum cryptography; celebrated quantum algorithms;
issues of measurement, entanglement, and entanglement measures;
error correction and fault tolerance in quantum computing;
the stabilizer algorithm; PDE aspects of quantum computations.

CREDIT: Students can take 1-3 units of credit by attending this RIT, and
studying and presenting a paper on an acceptable topic agreed on with one of the organizers,
or discussing original research.
For details, contact one of the Organizers (above).


Howard Barnum (LANL & Perimeter Inst.); Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy & IPST, UMD);
Steve Flammia (Perimeter Inst.); Manoussos Grillakis (Math, UMD);
Bryan Jacobs (Appl. Physics, Johns Hopkins); Samuel Lomonaco (Comp. Sci. & El. Eng.,UMBC);
Dio Margetis (Math,IPST, CSCAMM @ UMD); Chris Monroe (Physics & JQI, UMD);
Arthur Pittenger (Math. and Statistics, UMBC); Jacob Taylor (NIST).

Schedule for Spring 2010:
(talks will be posted on a week-by-week basis)

  • February 9: Meeting and talk CANCELLED

    Introduction to Quantum Information
    by Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy & IPST, UMCP)
    SLIDES: here

  • February 16, 1:30-3:00pm
    Introductory Lecture: A Rosetta Stone for Quantum Computation
    by Samuel Lomonaco (Computer Sci. & Electrical Eng., UMBC)
    RIT LECTURE (PDF): click here

  • February 23, 1:30-3:30pm
    Quantum Information from a Physical Perspective
    by Chris Monroe (Physics and JQI, UMCP)

  • March 2, 1:30-3:30pm
    Classical versus Quantum Information
    by Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy and IPST, UMCP)
    RIT LECTURE (PDF): here

  • March 9, 1:30-3:30pm
    Grover's Algorithm
    by Bryan Jacobs (Applied Physics, Johns Hopkins Univ.)

  • March 23, 1:30-3:00pm
    Concentration, Distillation, and Entanglement
    by Steve Flammia (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada)
    RIT LECTURE (PDF): here

  • March 30, 1:30-3:00pm
    Separable and Entangled States: Theory and Examples
    by Arthur Pittenger (Mathematics & Statistics, UMBC)

  • April 6, 1:30-3:00pm
    Stabilizer Formalism
    by Jacob Taylor (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

  • April 13, 1:30-3:00pm
    Error Correction and Fault Tolerance
    by Howard Barnum (LANL and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

  • April 20, 1:30-3:00pm
    Spatial variables, scattering and PDEs in quantum information.I.
    by Dionisios Margetis (Math, IPST & CSCAMM, UMCP)

  • April 27, 1:30-3:00pm
    Spatial variables, scattering and PDEs in quantum information.II.
    by Manoussos Grillakis (Math, UMCP)

  • May 4, 1:30-3:00pm
    Student presentations:
    1. Teleportation and dense coding schemes correspond to the same mathematical objects
    by Himanshu Tyagi (PhD candidate, Electrical Eng., UMCP)

  • May 11, 1:30-3:00pm
    Student presentations:
    2. Quantum memory in the laboratory setting:
    Scattering and spatial variables

    by Paul Koprowski (PhD candidate, Mathematics, UMCP)