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Unit information: Quantum Engineering Team Project in 2021/22

Unit name Quantum Engineering Team Project
Unit code PHYSM0021
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Jon Pugh
Open unit status Not open



Quantum information theory, Quantum Light and Matter

School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

A theme of the Quantum Engineering CDT is for students to have working knowledge of not just the theory of quantum information science, but also its practice. An appreciation for both aspects of this exciting field is necessary for students who are going to help make the transition from academic experiments to larger scale implementations of quantum protocols. A practical laboratory project at the start of year 1, where the cohort will be divided into teams and given a
‘classic’ quantum experiment to perform. The exercise will begin with a fundamental experimental task, most likely establishing a photon source. From there, examples of goals include: a Bell inequality violation, a HOM interference effect, or a BB84 implementation. Supervision will be provided, however the aim is for the team to rely on each other to work together with a fixed amount of resources (possibly including a budget) and attempt to achieve the goal.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit the student should:

  • Have demonstrated working knowledge of the practical skills expected of a quantum engineer.
  • Have recognised the role of practical limitations in the implementation of quantum information protocols and attempted to overcome them.

Transferrable skills: -

  • The ability to work with a team to a deadline with finite resources (i.e. budget).
  • The ability to prepare and deliver technical presentations.

Teaching Information

Laboratory work, with supervision.

Assessment Information

A team report of approximately 1000 words per team member.


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How much time the unit requires
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