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Quantum Information, Computation and Communication


  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107014466

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  • Quantum physics allows entirely new forms of computation and cryptography, which could perform tasks currently impossible on classical devices, leading to an explosion of new algorithms, communications protocols and suggestions for physical implementations of all these ideas. As a result, quantum information has made the transition from an exotic research topic to part of mainstream undergraduate courses in physics. Based on years of teaching experience, this textbook builds from simple fundamental concepts to cover the essentials of the field. Aimed at physics undergraduate students with a basic background in quantum mechanics, it guides readers through theory and experiment, introducing all the central concepts without getting caught up in details. Worked examples and exercises make this useful as a self-study text for those who want a brief introduction before starting on more advanced books. Solutions are available online at

    • Features a carefully chosen subset of topics to help readers learn the key features of the topic without excessive detail
    • Focuses on physical ideas rather than mathematical abstractions, using elementary methods wherever possible
    • Contains over 100 exercises and worked examples to help students monitor their understanding of the subject
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    'Each chapter is clearly written and provides exercises and suggestions for further reading. It is an excellent guide for anyone studying the challenging area of quantum computing.' Mircea Dragoman, Optics and Photonics News (

    '… newcomers will enjoy that each chapter ends with a section suggesting further reading for each topic and a few exercises. A nice feature is that it makes many references to common experimental techniques, from which a theoretician may profit. It is recommendable as a first overview to students and scientists with a little background in quantum mechanics.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107014466
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 90 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Quantum Information:
    1. Quantum bits and quantum gates
    2. An atom in a laser field
    3. Spins in magnetic fields
    4. Photon techniques
    5. Two qubits and beyond
    6. Measurement and entanglement
    Part II. Quantum Computation:
    7. Principles of quantum computing
    8. Elementary quantum algorithms
    9. More advanced quantum algorithms
    10. Trapped atoms and ions
    11. Nuclear magnetic resonance
    12. Large scale quantum computers
    Part III. Quantum Communication:
    13. Basics of information theory
    14. Quantum information
    15. Quantum communication
    16. Testing EPR
    17. Quantum cryptography

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    Jonathan A. Jones, Dieter Jaksch

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    Jonathan A. Jones, University of Oxford
    Jonathan A. Jones is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on quantum information. His main research interest is in NMR implementations of quantum information processing.

    Dieter Jaksch, University of Oxford
    Dieter Jaksch is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on quantum information. His main research interest is the theory of ultracold atomic gases, with a focus on their potential applications in quantum information processing.

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