6.645 Physics and Engineering of Superconducting Qubits


Graduate Level
Units: 3-0-9
Prerequisites:  6.728 or 8.06 or equivalent
Instructors:  Professor William Oliver (oliver@ll.mit.edu) and Professor Terry Orlando (orlando@mit.edu)
Schedule:  TR2:30-4, room 36-155
This subject qualifies as an Applied Physics engineering concentration subject.
This course introduces the physics and engineering of superconducting qubits for quantum information processing for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. Topics will include (1) an introduction to superconductivity and Hamiltonian engineering; (2) superconducting qubits, cavities, and microwave cavity quantum electrodynamics; (3) the theory and microwave engineering of qubit control and measurement; (4) noise, decoherence, dynamical error mitigation; (5) microwave photons, squeezing, and quantum-limited amplification; (6) survey of other solid-state qubit modalities, including semiconductor quantum dots and majorana zero modes; and (7) experimental fault tolerance and quantum error detection. The course will include both classroom lectures, tutorials, homework sets, and hands-on lab practicum with superconducting qubits.