Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2013

Unit 13: Quantum Information


Lecture Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 1:00 PM Room 5-234
Recitation Thursday, May 16, 2013, 1:00 PM Room 5-234
Final exam Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Room 32-124
Closed book except that two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper,
with notes on both sides, are allowed

Lecture Handouts

Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick them up in Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J Web site

Reading Assignment



Prof. John Preskill teaches a course on quantum information at Caltech. Lecture notes.

Several universities have research and teaching activities in quantum information processing. Among these are:

One of the most active industrial research groups in quantum information is at IBM Research Yorktown. This was the home of one of the early leaders in the field, the late Rolf Landauer, and younger people including Charles H. Bennett, who is known for many contributions including his work on quantum teleportation. Another active group is the Quantum Information Processing Group at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, UK.



There are already many books and conferences on quantum information, even though the field is new.

James Clerk Maxwell opened up the relationship between information and entropy by proposing what is called today Maxwell’s Demon, which would apparently violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Maxwell’s Demon in its many forms has captured the imagination of both scientists and the general public.

Help Wanted

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