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Quantum Computing: A Short Course from Theory to Experiment

ISBN: 978-3-527-61777-7
255 pages
September 2008
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The result of a lecture series, this textbook is oriented towards students and newcomers to the field and discusses theoretical foundations as well as experimental realizations in detail. The authors are experienced teachers and have tailored this book to the needs of students. They present the basics of quantum communication and quantum information processing, leading readers to modern technical implementations. In addition, they discuss errors and decoherence as well as methods of avoiding and correcting them.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Survey
2. Physics of computation
3. Elements of classical computer science
4. Quantum Mechanics
5. Quantum bits and quantum gates
6. Feynman's contribution
7. Errors and decoherence
8. Tasks for Quantum Computers
9. How to build a quantum computer
10. Liquid state NMR quantum computer
11. Solid state quantum computers
12. Quantum communication

A. Two spins 1/2:Singlet and triplet states
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Author Information

Prof. D. Suter is an experimentalist and well known for his NMR-work and currently working on quantum computation projects. He worked with Nobel laureate Ernst RR in Zurich.
Also Prof. J. Stolze is known to be a good teacher. As a theorist, his topic research area is quantum spin chains.
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It's a very good book - it's by far the best textbook at this level, and will become the principal text for our new course.

Jonathan Jones
Oxford Centre for Quantum Computation

"The authors, experimantalists, being themselves involved in the realization of quantum computers, present with this book a didactically well formed introduction to quantum information processing, including computer architecture, tested and proposed schemes. Clearly, in order to offer this extensive material in a space of only just over 200 pages, the authors had restricted themselves to basic of relevant ideas. The latter are well selected and guide readers attention engagingly in chosen directions. ... This textbook has the advantage that it contains both, theoretical as well as experimental, features of quantum computing, that the exposition is well organized, and for beginners that it omits more advanced mathematical tools. It gives ... a broad overview ... It is an introduction for beginners, a good one, and can be well recommended as such."
Zentralblatt MATH
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