UW QuantumX Initative


QuantumX seeks to cultivate a workforce with expertise in quantum science, engineering and technology. Relevant courses are offered through the UW departments of Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Accelerating Quantum-Enabled Technologies (AQET), a new National Science Foundation Research Training program for UW graduate students, is one of the first quantum information science and technology programs to bring hardware and software scientists and engineers together at the trainee level. AQET trainees acquire the skills to develop new quantum materials, devices, and algorithms for applications in computation, communication, and sensing.


Quantum Information Science

Quantum information science seeks to understand how fundamental laws of quantum physics can be used to dramatically improve the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information.

Courses in this area discuss basic, intermediate and advanced concepts of quantum information and quantum computation: qubits, entanglement, quantum gates and quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, as well as topics including physical qubits and quantum computing architectures.

PHYS 225: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Emphasizes two-state systems. Introduces spin and applications in nuclear magnetic resonance.
Professor Jason Detwiler / Autumn 2019 Course Info

PHYS 324: Quantum Mechanics – Part I
Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: need for quantum theory, Schrodinger equation, operators, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, identical particles, and the periodic table.
Professor Boris Blinov / Autumn 2019 Course Info

PHYS 325: Quantum Mechanics – Part II
Continuation of PHYS 324. Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: perturbation theory, the variational principle, radiation; application of quantum mechanics to atomic physics, magnetic resonance, scattering, and various special topics.
Professor Boris Blinov / Winter 2020

PHYS 517: Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to quantum information and quantum computation. Qubits, gates, algorithms, error correction, fault tolerance, elements of information theory.
Stephen Sharpe / Autumn 2019 / Course Info

PHYS 518: Quantum Mechanics
Continuation of PHYS 517. Modern non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Topics include: atomic structure, scattering processes, density operator description of mixed states, and measurement theory.
Professor Stephen Sharpe / Winter 2020

PHYS 578: Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics – Quantum information and quantum computation
This class first covers the basics of quantum mechanics from an axiomatic point of view as well as the classical theory of computational complexity. Using this as background, it then moves on to quantum computational complexity and a discussion of basic quantum algorithms, including Shor’s factoring algorithm and Grover search. It finishes with a brief introduction to quantum error correction.
Professor Lukasz Fidkowski / Spring 2019

CSE 599I: The Art and Science of Positive Definite Matrices
Positive semidefinite matrices are fundamental objects in semidefinite programming, quantum information theory, and spectral graph theory. Despite their widespread utility, analysis and geometry on the PSD cone is often strange, subtle and, occasionally, magical. This course will focus on the properties of such matrices with an eye toward applications.
Often this gives certain phenomena an “operational” interpretation that provides intuition to complement the underlying linear algebra. The style of the course will be to first introduce a classical argument with real numbers and then to explore analogs for PSD matrices.
Professor James R. Lee / Spring 2021 / Course Info

ECE 485: Introduction to Photonics
Introduction to optical principles and phenomena. Topics include electromagnetic theory of light, interference, diffraction, polarization, photon optics, laser principles, Gaussian beam optics, semiconductor optics, semiconductor photonic devices.
Professor Lih Lin / Autumn 2019 Course Info

ECE 529: Semiconductor Optoelectronics
Covers optical processes in semiconductors; optical waveguide theory; junction theory; LEDs; lasers photodetectors; photovoltaics; and optical modulators and switches.
Professor Lih Lin / Course Info

PHYS 576: Selected Topics in Experimental Physics – Experimental Platforms for Quantum Information
This course covers topics in quantum information science with an emphasis on experimental platforms. Topics include quantum entanglement and its experimental demonstration; entanglement as a resource for metrology and a survey of some entanglement experiments involving trapped atoms. We will discuss requirements and diagnostics for experimental platforms for quantum information processing and discuss some specific ones – eg. trapped atoms and ions, NV centers, and some condensed matter systems.
Professor Subhadeep Gupta / Autumn 2019 / Course Info

ECE 421 + 521: Applied Quantum Mechanics
Covers the basic theory of quantum mechanics in the context of modern examples of technological importance involving 1D, 2D, and 3D nanomaterials. Develops a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the principles of quantization, band structure, density of states, and Fermi’s golden rule (optical absorption, electron-impurity/phonon scattering).
Professor M.P. (Anant) Anantram Course Info

ECE 539: Introduction to Quantum Optics for Scientists and Engineers
This course aims to give students the analytic and computational tools to understand and simulate current state-of-the-art quantum optics research and includes quantum mechanics operator formalism, non-classical light, atom-field interaction, and CQED applications.
Professor Kai-Mei Fu / 2020 – 2021

PHYS 427: Quantum Information and Computation 
Introduction to quantum information and quantum computation. Qubits, gates, algorithms, error correction, fault tolerance, elements of information theory.
Professor Boris Blinov

Quantum Technology

Quantum technology broadly describes fields of applied research encompassing computational, imaging and sensing devices that use quantum effects for enhanced performance.

Courses in this area focus on practical applications and physical implementations of systems based on properties of quantum mechanics, such as quantum computing, quantum cryptography, quantum simulations, quantum sensors, quantum metrology and quantum imaging.

Quantum Materials

Quantum materials possess unusual properties, based on quantum mechanical interactions, that could revolutionize many fields of technology.

Courses in this area describe properties and development of these materials which and have a wide range of potential applications including magnetic field sensing, low-power memory modules, high-density storage devices, quantum computers and energy-related technologies.

CHEM 455: Physical Chemistry
Introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. Theory of quantum mechanics presented at an elementary level and applied to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and to molecular spectra.
Professor Lutz Maibaum / Autumn 2019 Course Info

CHEM E 498: Quantum Mechanics for Chemical Engineers
Professor Vince Holmberg / Autumn 2019 Course Info

CHEM 550: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Origins and basic postulates of quantum mechanics, solutions to single-particle problems, angular momentum and hydrogenic wave functions, matrix methods, perturbation theory, variational methods.
Professor Anne McCoy / Autumn 2019 / Course Info

CHEM 551: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Electronic structure of many-electron atoms and molecules, vibration and rotation levels of molecules, effects of particle exchange, angular momentum and group theory, spectroscopic selection rules.
Winter 2020 / Course Info

CHEM 585: Electronic Structure and Application of Materials
Introduction to electronic structure theory of solids from a chemical perspective, including band theory and the free electron model, with an emphasis in the second half of the quarter on modern trends in research in inorganic materials in the bulk and on the nanometer scale.
Winter 2020 / Course Info

ECE 527: Micro and Nanofabrication
Principles and techniques for the fabrication of microelectronics devices and integrated circuits. Includes clean room laboratory practices and chemical safety, photolithography, wet and dry etching, oxidation and diffusion, metallization and dielectric deposition, compressed gas systems, vacuum systems, thermal processing systems, plasma systems, and metrology.
Professor Mo Li / Course Info

ECE 539: Applied Nanophotonics
Introduces concepts of optics at wave-length scale structured medium. Topics include photonic crystal, dielectric and metallic optical resonators, meta-photonic devices and basic introduction to cavity quantum electrodynamics. Students will learn about these nanoscale photonic devices via literature survey, problem solving and numerical simulations.
Professor Arka Majumdar / Course Info

MSE 476/576: Introduction to Optoelectronic Materials
Introduces the optical properties of dielectrics, semiconductors, and metals, and their applications in optoelectronic and photonic devices used in telecommunicatons, biomedical, and renewable energy industries.
Professor Peter Pauzauskie / Autumn 2019 /
Course Info

MSE 541: Defects in Materials
Detailed study of the general properties and effects of point, line, and planar defects in crystalline solids.
Professor Peter Pauzauskie / Winter 2021 /
Course Info

MSE 599: Quantum Theory of Nanomaterials
Professor Ting Cao / Autumn 2019 / Course Info