[Project groups]

[Presentation schedule]

[Slides from presentations]

[Project reports]

The final month of the course you will be working on a term project. Here is some information and guidelines for the project:

The project consists of two parts, a written report and a
presentation. You will write a report about your chosen topic, which
should be about 5-10 normal typed letter-size pages. Unless every part
of your report is written collectively by every member of the group,
you should also indicate which group member is primarily responsible
for which part of the report. You will also present the results of
your project for the other students and the instructors. This should
be an oral presentations, preferrably assisted by digital or plastic
slides, and should cover the most important parts of what you have
worked on and be prepared to answer questions about your
work. *Every* member of the group needs to contribute during
the presentation, and each group member will be graded individually
for their part. The total length of the presentation should not be
significantly longer than **20 minutes**.

Although you will be graded individually, you should however still be familiar with all the material in your project, including the parts that you were not personally primarily responsible for.

The following are some suggestions on broad topics for term projects. There are very few references on this page, but if you look at the web page for for Spring 2005, you can find an extensive list of references for some topics there just below the lecture notes, although this list needs some cleaning (also, the notation used in referencing journals may or may not be clear to you, ask us if you need help to interpret it). You should also be able to find plenty of material (perhaps even too much) for most of the topics online just by googling. You can also ask us if you want us to recommend some reading material. If you find some references that you think are especially good, then let us know, and we can add it to the webpage for future use. As you can see, the by far largest body of topics suggested so far is under physical realizations of qubit systems. This is just because this is what the majority of students have selected in past semesters, and because it is where the the heaviest research focus is these days, but feel free to select one of the less worked-on topics if you want to. Contact us if you have any questions about any of the topics or need some guidance or advice in choosing one.

**Physical realizations**- Nuclear spin qubits
- Realization of quantum teleportation
- Josephson junction qubits (superconductors)
- NMR-based quantum computing
- Quantum dot qubits
- Quantum computing with molecular magnets
- Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics (see e.g. this Caltech webpage)
- Bose-Einstein condensates and quantum control
- Quantum computing in optical lattices
- Electrons on liquid helium as qubits

**Adiabatic quantum algorithms**This is a paradigm for quantum calculations which is very different from (although formally equivalent to) the circuit model we have been using in class. Here are some papers exploring the subject: paper1.pdf paper2.pdf paper3.pdf**Kitaev's phase estimation algorithm**This has a number of applications, among others speeding up quantum calculations without entanglement and significant speedup in solving differential equations. Some references: paper.pdf paper.pdf**Quantum error-correcting codes****Teleportation, more in-depth****Quantum communication****Limits on quantum measurement****"Interpreting" Quantum Mechanics**What is a measurement? What are the fundamental differences between Quantum Mechanics and classical non-deterministic theories? Why should quantum computers be more powerful than classical ones (or should they?). Copenhagen interpretation, many-worlds interpretation and consequences thereof if any. Lots of topics to explore here, but if you do though, make sure you choose something that you can write something more scientific than just an opinion piece on.