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Introduction to Quantum Computing

Vorlesung mit Übung im Wintersemester 2017/18
Prof. Dr. D. Kranzlmüller, Prof. Dr. Marian Bubak
Dr. Katarzyna Rycerz, T. Guggemos, M.Sc.

source: D-Wave

Welcome to the course webpage Quantum Computing for winter-term 2017/18 at LMU Munich.
This course will be held in English!


Welcome to the course webpage Quantum Computing for winter-term 2017/18 at LMU Munich. Registration will be opened the 7th of August in UniWorx.
Important: The course will be held as a blocked course from 02.10.2017 - 07.10.2017. There will be no lecture on 03.10.2017.

Contents of the lecture

Two scientific revolutions embossed the first half of the 20th century. First, pioneers like Konrad Zuse, Alan Turing and John von Neumann developed the principles for the first useful computers. On the other hand, the theories on quantum mechanics shattered the world of classical physics, which hasn't been significantly changed since the days of Isaac Newton.

While computers are ubiqutious in the modern world and changed our society in many ways, the impact of quantum mechanics is less obvious but equally important. Without the quantum mechanic description of atoms, semiconductors and lasers would not be possible. Modern technologies like CD/DVD players or computer hardware rely on this technology.

In the last decades, both scientific disciplines have been slowly merged together, forming a new discipline called Quantum Computing. The goal is to build a quantum computer, develop quantum algorithms and to study how quantum mechanics influences modern computer science.

This lecture will give an overview and introduction to quantum computing, including:

  • introduction to quantum mechanics
  • new classes of complexity for quantum computers
  • quantum computers and quantum registers
  • quantum teleportation
  • challenges for modern cryptography caused by quantum computers
  • (already existing) quantum hardware and quantum computers
The exercises will further deepen the knowledge learned during the lectures and will give first experiences on developping quantum algorithms.


The course is intended for master students of computer science and related fields.
More formally, in German:
Die Vorlesung richtet sich an Studenten der Informatik bzw. Medieninformatik (Diplom) nach dem Vordiplom sowie an Studenten der Informatik, Bioinformatik bzw. Medieninformatik (Master) im Rahmen der vertiefenden Themen der Informatik. Bachelorstudenten können im Falle von freien Plätzen teilnehmen, Masterstudenten werden aber bevorzugt behandelt. Für Vorlesung und Übung werden 6 ECTS-Punkte vergeben.

The number of students will be limited to 16. The registration will open 07.08.2017 0:00 via UniWorx and closes 15.09.2017 0:00

All applicants for the course will receive an e-mail either if they are accepted or on the waiting list. Successful applicants will have to formally accept to attend the course and will be signed up to the final oral exam. Students who are signed up but do not show up at the course/exam will be reported with grade 5.0.

Important Dates


The registration will open 07.08.2017 0:00 via UniWorx

Course and Exercises

The course will be held as a blocked course from 02.10.2017 - 07.10.2017.
There will be no lecture on 03.10.2017.

  • Lecture: Oettingenstr. 67 Room 027
  • Exercise: Cip-Pool1, Oettingenstr. 67 L055

Please be aware that the following schedule is preliminary and the individual session may be swapped (lectures and exercises).

Monday 02.10Tuesday 03.10Wednesday 04.10Thursday 05.10Friday 06.10Saturday 07.10
08:00 - 10:00LecturePublic HolidayLectureLectureLectureLecture
10:00 - 12:00LecturePublic HolidayLectureLectureLectureExercise
14:00 - 16:00ExercisePublic HolidayExerciseExerciseExerciseExercise
16:00 - 18:00ExercisePublic HolidayExerciseExerciseExerciseFinal Lecture


There will be an oral exam 1-2 weeks after the lecture has finished. Dates will be announced during the lecture and on the website of the course.
Important: The participation in the lectures and exercises is obligatory for the exam


Über email bzw. nach den Übungen und Vorlesungen oder nach Vereinbarung.