Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Quantum Technologies with Superconducting Devices

Course unit code: 574650

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Bruno Julia Diaz

Department: Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online



Independent learning






Students are advised to have completed or be enrolled in the subjects Atomic Physics, Quantum Optics, and Advanced Solid-State Physics. 



Competences to be gained during study


Hability to understand superconducting circuit implementations of quantum technologies. 





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

  1. To have a general overview of current quantum technologies being developed with superconducting circuits. 

  2. To understand the special properties of microwave fields in quantum optics and in quantum information. 

  3. To become familiar with experimental techniques involving superconducting circuits in the quantum regime. 



Teaching blocks


1. Introductory concepts


  1. Basics of superconductivity

  2. The Josephson effect

  3. Applications of the Josephson effect: the DC-SQUID

  4. Quantum optics in the microwave domain: field quantization

  5. Atom-photon interactions: the Jaynes-Cummings model

2. Circuit Quantization


  1. How to build circuit Hamiltonians

  2. Charge qubits: Cooper pair box and transmon qubits

  3. Flux qubits: persistent-current and fluxonium qubits

3. Quantum computation and simulation with superconducting circuits


  1. Coherent control of superconducting circuits

  2. Quantum gates

  3. Quantum algorithms

  4. Experimental techniques

4. Quantum microwave photonics


  1. Propagating microwave fields

  2. Quantum communications with microwave fields

  3. Amplification in the quantum limit with superconducting devices

5. Superconducting circuits for quantum sensing applications


  1. Quantum microwave photodetectors

  2. Qubits as quantum sensors



Teaching methods and general organization


  1. Lectures where theoretical contents of the subject are presented. 

  2. Practical exercise classes in which students may participate. 

  3. Activities related to the subject suggested by the teaching staff. 



Official assessment of learning outcomes



Examination-based assessment

A final exam covering the contents of the subject. 



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


Foundations of applied superconductivity, T. P. Orlando and K. A. Delin, Addison Wesley (1991).

Introduction to Superconductivity, M. Tinkham, Dover (1996).

Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics, L. Mandel and E. Wolf, Cambridge University Press (2008).

Quantum Optics, M. O. Scully and M. Suahil Zubairy, Cambridge University Press (1997).