SK2903 Quantum Technology 7.5 credits


The course consists of laboratory modules and forms the basis for an understanding of measurement processes in quantum physics, quantum systems, decoherence through interaction with the environment, control of quantum states with external signals, and entanglement of quantum states.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course will consist of 5 laboratory modules, each carrying 1,5 credits.  Each laboratory module will be organized and executed by the different research groups in the department of applied physics.  The labs will demonstrate different aspects of Quantum Technology.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the role of measurement in quantum physical and how it is related to the quantum state whose time-evolution is described by the Schrödinger Equation.
  • Describe the concept of decoherence of the quantum state through its interaction with an environment.
  • Describe and apply methods controlling the evolution of a quantum state with external fields. 
  • Explain quantum entanglement and how it can be used to create physical correlations between observable quantities, extending over very large distances. Demonstrate ability to work with advanced laboratory instruments in a research environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to acquire and analyze data from an experiment, as well as present their results in succinct written form and publication-quality graphical form.
  • Follow general rules of conduct and specific rules for safety in each laboratory environment.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

At least 120 credits in engineering and natural sciences and knowledge of English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Lab PM with accompanying literature is distributed to students. Quantum physics coursebook used in the course SI2380.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB3 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB4 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB5 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH Disability Coordinator (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented permanent impairment. The examiner may grant another examination form for reexamination of single students.

Other requirements for final grade *

All laboratory work approved (LAB1 - LAB5; 1.5 credits per lab, grade scale P / F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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David B Haviland

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SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.