# Courses

**PHYS 4750 - Introduction to Quantum Computing, Special Topics in Physics**This course introduces basic concepts of qubits, quantum logic gates, quantum algorithms, and quantum cryptography.**PHYS 7241 and PHYS 7242 - Quantum Mechanics**: - Basic concepts of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, operators and matrices, intrinsic and orbital angular momenta, perturbation theory, atomic structure, second quantization and scattering theory.- PHYS 7347 - Quantum Information Theory - Introduction to Quantum Information Theory. This course introduces the subject of communication with quantum systems. Quantum information theory exploded in 1994 when Peter Shor published his algorithm that can break RSA encryption codes. Since then, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers have been determining the ultimate capabilities for quantum computation and quantum communication. In this course, we study the transmission of information over a noisy quantum communication channel. This course is intended for adventurous minds. There are many aspects of this new field that have not yet been explored. If you take this course, you could develop the mental discipline to contribute to this exciting field in the early stage of its development.
- PHYS 7348 - Quantum Computation - Theory of Quantum Computation. The field of quantum computation exploded in 1994 when Peter Shor published his algorithm that can break RSA encryption codes. Since then, physicists, mathematicians, and engineers have been determining the ultimate capabilities for quantum computation and many quantum algorithms have been established as well. Quantum computation has now fundamentally altered our understanding of computation and complexity theory. Furthermore, it is inevitable that Moore's law will break down (in fact with the former chief architect at Intel recently suggesting that this will occur within a decade), and at this point quantum mechanical effects will be unavoidable. The idea of quantum computation is to harness these effects (rather than avoid them) in order to speed up computations for certain tasks. If you take this course, you will learn about the well known quantum algorithms for factoring integers and database search and in addition you will learn how quantum computation has altered our understanding of computation. The only prerequisites necessary are a course in linear algebra and probability theory (which are standard components in any graduate education in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics).
- PHYS 7353 - Quantum Optics I - Atomic and Optical Physics I: QUANTUM OPTICSâ€”TOWARDS THE QUANTUM INTERNET; Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic systems and their interaction with radiation; spectral levels, photo-absorption and collisions with charged particles.
- PHYS 7354 - Quantum Optics II - Atomic and Optical Physics II: Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic systems and their interaction with radiation; spectral levels, photo-absorption and collisions with charged particles.
**PHYS 7745 - Introduction to Quantum Field Theory**Introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics and the theory of quantum fields, including scalar, vector, and spinor fields, and some applications.-
**PHYS 7895 - Quantum Field Theory in curved spacetimes**

Formulation of the semiclassical theory of quantum fields propagating on gravitational fields. The course covers both, the mathematical formulation as well as some of its applications, such as the Hawking affect and the information loss puzzle, the Unruh effect, spontaneous particle creation in cosmology, and the generation of the primordial curvature perturbations in the early universe.