PHYS 498 SQD :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Course Schedule

 This is the initial syllabus of lectures for the course --- always subject to change as the course evolves:


Lecture (Click for lecture notes)


January 17

Course introduction and introduction to superconducting phenomena


January 22

Phenomenological theories of superconductivity


January 24

Microscopic theory of superconductivity

HW1 due at the start of class

Solutions to HW1

January 29

Second quantization & Cooper pairs


January 31

BCS Theory 1


February 5

BCS Theory 2


February 7

No class


February 12

Time-dependent Perturbation Theory & Tunneling between metals


February 14

Tunneling between superconductors

HW2 due at the start of class

February 19

Andreev scattering/Josephson effect


February 21

The Josephson effect/Magnetic effects on Josephson junctions


February 26

Beyond BCS superconductivity


February 28

Topological superconductivity/Class presentations

HW3 due at the start of class

March 4

Class presentations


March 6

No class


March 18

Overview of quantum electrical circuits


March 20

Introduction to quantum information


March 25

Superconducting charge-based qubits

HW4 due at the start of class

1. Coherent control of
macroscopic quantum states
in a single-Cooper-pair box

2. Charge-insensitive qubit design derived from the Cooper pair box

March 27

Superconducting flux-based qubits

1. Coherent quantum dynamics of a superconducting flux qubit

2. High-coherence fluxonium qubit

April 1


1. Cavity quantum electrodynamics for superconducting electrical circuits

2. Strong coupling of a single photon to a superconducting qubit using cQED

April 3


1. Generating single microwave photons in a circuit

2. Resolving photon number states in a superconducting circuit

April 8

No class


April 10

Bosonic superconducting qubits

1. Implementing a universal gate set on a logical qubit encoded in an oscillator

2. Deterministically encoding quantum information using 100-Photon Schrodinger cat states

April 15

Quantum-limited amplifiers

HW5 due at the start of class

1. Observation of quantum jumps in a superconducting artificial atom

2. Phase-preserving amplification near the quantum limit with a Josephson ring modulator

April 17

Quantum error correction

1. Scheme for reducing decoherence in quantum computer memory

2. An introduction to the surface code

April 22

Quantum error correction

1. Repeated quantum error detection in a surface code

2. Experimental Demonstration of Fault-Tolerant State Preparation
with Superconducting Qubits

April 24

Protected superconducting qubits

1. Protected Josephson rhombus chains

2. Experimental realization of a protected superconducting circuit derived from the 0-pi qubit

April 30

Superconducting research at UIUC


May 1

Class presentations/Review


May 3

Final exam