Tentative Syllabus
CMSC 691Q
Special Topics in Quantum Computation
Instructor: Lomonaco
The course will begin with a brief overview of those topics in quantum mechanics
and mathematics needed for the understanding of quantum computation. An incomplete
list of topics covered in the course is given below:
 Quantum superposition and quantum entanglement
 Decoherence and the resulting implementation barriers
 Quantum teleportation
 Quantum Turing machines
 Shor's Algorithm
 Grover's algorithm
 Quantum information theory
 Quantum data compression
 Quantum cryptographic protocols
 Quantum errorcorrecting codes
 Various research level problems
Various papers found in the open literature will be discussed. Please refer to
Quantum Computation References
for more information.
Each student is expected to actively participate in this class.
Course Texts:

"Explorations in Quantum Computation," by Williams, Collin P., and Scott H.
Clearwater, SpringerVerlag (1997)
ISBN 038794768X

"Introduction to Quantum Computation & Information," edited by Lo,
HoiKwong, Tim Spiller & Sandu Popescu, World Scientific (1998).
QA76.889.L6
ISBN 981023399X
 Plus additional material from the open literature.
Prerequisites:
CMSC 203 (or equivalent), MATH 221 (or equivalent),
and an intense desire to learn.