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Professional Certificate in
Foundations of Quantum Sensing

What you will learn

  • How to work with math as a practitioner, not a technician for calculus, vector calculus, complex variables, linear algebra, differential equations, and Fourier series.
  • What quantum superposition, the principal of complementarity, and quantum measurement are. How entanglement leads to bizarre phenomena, such as seeing something without having photons interact with them.
  • The formal developments of quantum mechanics employing an operator-based representation-independent formalism and the four fundamental operator identities.
  • The science behind how quantum mechanics is used to improve the accuracy of the laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory---humankind’s most accurate quantum sensor.
Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
9 months
8 - 11 hours per week
Discounted price: $556.20
Pre-discounted price: $618USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. GeorgetownX's Foundations of Quantum Sensing Professional Certificate

Meet your instructor
from Georgetown University (GeorgetownX)

James Freericks
Georgetown University

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Program endorsements


The severe lack of talent in the quantum industry is a well-documented fact. Quantum technology is now emerging as the next imminent disruption. Quantum sensing is an arguably less known, much broader area (compared to, say, quantum computing) that is rapidly approaching the market. A certificate like the one proposed is much needed in this context, especially in the short term (re-training and upskilling of the existing workforce). It provides the mathematical and theoretical foundations of the field and, for the long-term, can be effectively used to augment (via blended learning techniques) or even altogether replace, conventional instruction--which doesn't always prepare students for careers in these emerging ecosystems. Prof. Freericks is a master educator--and I have argued that aspect that at length on The Report by Classcentral website at Finally, from the point of view of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) offering such a certificate via a platform like EdX would have a major impact. Prof. Freericks does a remarkable job in conveying complex ideas in a way that they can be widely understood so that they can be applied to new contexts.

Adrian German , IU QSEc Acting Organizing Manager, QED-C Workforce Development TAC Chair (2021)

Also in Math at edX


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