Introduction to Quantum Computing

Lecture with tutorials in summer term 2024
Prof. Dr. D. Kranzlmüller,
K. Staudacher, X-T. M. To, F. Krötz, D. Linder

This course will be held in English!

Welcome to the website for the Introduction to Quantum Computing in summer term 2024. On this page you will find all information about the lecture and the corresponding tutorials.

Source: Bluefors Quantum Computer
at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center

Source: University of Vienna


The registration for the Moodle course (and therefore the lecture) will be closed on April 26th after the lecture (5pm).

Please note: The first lecture (on April 19th) is taking place in Schellingstr. 3, S002.
All other lectures are taking place in Oettingenstr. 67, B001!

The lecture will be organized exclusively via Moodle. Please register for the course with the access key FreitaQ:BitsNQubitsAdventures
You do NOT have to register in LSF or in uni2work.

The lecture will take place exclusively in presence. Lecture recordings (in German) of the last terms can be found in LMUCast (link to playlist is in the Moodle course).

Content of the Lecture

Two scientific revolutions shaped the first half of the 20th century. On the one hand, pioneers such as Konrad Zuse, Alan Turing, and John von Neumann laid the foundations for the construction of the first practical calculating machines. On the other hand, the classical world view of physics, which had been expanded but hardly changed since the days of Newton, collapsed with the description of quantum mechanics.

These scientific revolutions were quickly followed by technical ones. Everyone is aware of the extent to which computers have shaped our society, our view of the world and our view of humanity. Many people are less aware that quantum mechanics also influences our everyday lives. It was the quantum mechanical description of the atom that made it possible to develop semiconductors and lasers; the transistor radio, the CD player and modern computer hardware are all consequences of quantum mechanics.

In recent decades, these two sciences have been brought together and a new interdisciplinary branch called quantum computing has emerged. The aim is to build quantum computers, develop quantum algorithms and investigate the consequences of quantum mechanics for information transmission.

The lecture explains the basics of quantum computing, including:

In the tutorials, this knowledge will be deepened and quantum algorithms will be implemented independently. These are carried out with a simulator, but also with a real quantum computer (IBM-Q).

Prior Knowledge

To participate, you should be familiar with the following content: