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The Hardware of a Quantum Computer

Learn how a quantum computer could be physically build, and how it could be controlled.

The Hardware of a Quantum Computer

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Starts Oct 18
Estimated 6 weeks
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There is no doubt that the quantum computer and the quantum internet have many profound applications, they may change the way we think about information, and they could completely change our daily life.The aim of this course is to help you get up to speed with current progress in the transition to a quantum information era. After an initial review of some of the basic concepts and operating principles of the quantum computer and quantum internet (e.g. the ket notation and quantum bits, the qubits), the course will feature an extensive discussion on some of the different ways qubits can be built. Then, we will discuss the four types of qubits that QuTech focuses on: topological qubits, spin qubits, trans qubits and NV center qubits.

The course is a journey of discovery, so we encourage you to bring your own experiences, insights and thoughts via the forum!

This course is authored by experts from the QuTech research center at Delft University of Technology. In the center, scientists and engineers work together to enhance research and development in quantum technology. QuTech Academy’s aim is to inspire, share and disseminate knowledge about the latest developments in quantum technology.

At a glance

  • Institution: DelftX
  • Subject: Physics
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    You should have a background in or deep interest in technology and familiarity with math. You should be able to read and understand popular written scientific contents, such as articles in New Scientist. If you are not yet familiar with quantum technology, enrol in our introductory course The Quantum Internet and Quantum Computers: How Will They Change the World?

What you'll learn

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  • An overview of the building blocks of a quantum computer;
  • How four of the most promising types of solid-state qubits work: superconducting Transmon qubits, Silicon spin qubits, diamond NV center qubits, and topological qubits;
  • How quantum gates are performedon each of these qubit implementations.

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The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

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