BACHELOR Courses (Summersemester 2022):

Lecture

Quantum Information (260085)

Lecturer(s): Beatrix Hiesmayr

Topics will include: Pure/mixed states, Bloch's sphere in higher dimensions, geometries of the Hilbert-Schmidt spaces, entanglement versus separability, teleportation/super dense coding, basics of quantum computing, decoherence, generalized measurements (POVMs)

RECOMMENDATIONS: attendance of the excercises

When: 
Tuesday, 08:30 - 09:45
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:00

Where: Christian-Doppler-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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Laboratory

Classical and Quantum Optics (260036)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther, Oliver H. Heckl, Thomas Nikolai Kiesel, Sebastian Pedalino, Lee Arthur Rozema

Characterization of optical elements – experimental statistics of various states of light – experimental characterization of the quantum nature of light – quantum randomness – polarization states – observation of wave properties as well as particle behavior – interaction-free measurements – coherence length – laser and optical cavities or alternatively atom spectroscopy. The insights and content of this course will be made accessible via experiments. Each experimental group has a limit of up to 4 students and will require 1 week of full-time work.

When:
First meeting Thursday, 21st of March 2022, 11:00, Q-kitchen on the 2nd floor, room 3251
Block 5th - 9th of September 2022, 09:00 - 17:00

Where: Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 7.00

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Lecture

Classical and Quantum Optics (260100)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer

The aim of the course is to obtain an understanding of the classical and quantum properties of light. The course will provide an introduction into the experimental foundations of quantum optics, the key experiments and the basic theoretical principles. Depending on current CoViD restrictions: either standard lecture format with mixed blackboard/Powerpoint presentation or online ZOOM lectures.

When: 
Thursday, 11:15 - 12:15
Thursday, 10:15 - 11:30

Where: Christian-Doppler-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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MASTER Courses (Summer Semester 2022):

NOTE: ALL MASTER-COURSES CAN BE USED FOR PHD-STUDIES AND VICE VERSA.

Seminar

Concepts, phenomena & paradoxes at the interface betw. quantum physics & general relativity-Part III (260044)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Caslav Brukner

The seminar will provide an introduction to relevant literature and current discussions on quantum phenomena involving general relativity.

When: Thursday, 14:45 - 16:15

Where: Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture

Theory in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (260027)

Lecturer(s): Borivoje Dakic

Topics will include:
1) Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field, 2) Quantum states of light (Fock states, coherent states, squeezed states etc.), 3) Phase-space methods (representation theorems, Wigner, Glauber and Husimi function, optical equivalence theorem), 4) Quantum linear optics ( beamsplitters and phase-shifters), 5) Elements of entanglement theory for continuous-variable systems, 6) Hong-Ou-Mandel effect, 7) Non-linear optics (parametric down-conversion), 8) Light-matter interaction (Rabi model, Jaynes-Cummings model).

When: 
Wednesday, 10:45 - 12:15
Friday, 09:00 - 10:30

Where: Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 6.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Low-level programming in C and C++ (Part 1) (260010)

Lecturer(s): Philipp Geyer

Basics of Low-Level programming in C and C++.

After finishing this course, the students will be able to write C/C++ programs on their own.

The exercises will be done using MS Visual Studio, therefor a Computer runnign the Windows operating system is required. Unix (Apple/Linux) users can of cause resort to using a Virtual Machine, instead of double boot.

When: Thursday, 15:00 - 17:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Classical and Quantum Tools for Molecular Imaging & Analysis (260048)

Lecturer(s): Markus Arndt, Thomas Juffmann

We will discuss techniques for single molecule detection and characterization based on recent research articles.

Techniques include:
- Single molecule fluorescence microscopy
- Mass photometry (interferometric scattering microscopy)
- Single molecule NMR
- Quadrupole mass spectrometry
- Electron microscopy
- Raman microscopy
- Scanning probe microscopy
- Superconducting detectors

When: Monday, 12:45 - 14:15

Where: Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Molecular Biology for Physicists (260049)

Lecturer(s): Thomas Juffmann, Clara Conrad-Billroth

This VU aims at introducing the basic concepts of molecular and cellular biology to physicists. The emphasis will be put on a quantitative understanding of the complex environment and mechanisms inside cells, as well as of the relevant length, time, and energy scales. Every week, a new topic will be introduced in 2h of lecture. After that the students will calculate order of magnitude estimates for important biological quantities in 1h of exercises.

Example questions include:
How many proteins are in a cell?
How much energy is created per photon in photosynthesis?
What force is applied in molecular machines?
How much of your body weight is bacteria?

The content taught in this VU will enable the students to communicate in an interdisciplinary environment. The quantitative understanding will allow them to tackle challenging biological problems with a physicist’s mindset.

Topics that will be covered:
1. What are cells?
2. What are organelles?
3. What’s DNA/RNA?
4. What are proteins?
5. What are membranes?
6. The molecular machinery: Exemplified by the central dogma of molecular biology.
7. Dynamics in molecular systems - From fs electron dynamics to diffusion
8. Dynamics in cellular systems - From ms action potentials to hours in the cell cycle
9. Energy in cellular and molecular systems - Photosynthesis, ATP – ADP conversion
10. Forces in cellular and molecular systems
11. Information in cellular and molecular systems - Entropy, DNA replication,...
12. Feedback Loops in cellular biology

 

When: Monday, 09:00 - 11:30

Where: Seminarraum Physik Sensengasse 8, EG

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Advanced Methods in quantum optomechanics: from atoms to solids (260103)

Lecturer(s): Uros Delic, Klemens Winkler

This course aims to explore the field of quantum optomechanics with a special emphasis on optically trapped atoms and levitated solid-state objects. Levitated optomechanics is at the forefront of research in quantum optics. The lectures will cover fundamental concepts and provide students with a firm grasp of the subject. In-depth calculations during the lectures will further deepen understanding of the most important concepts.

When: Tuesday, 15:45 - 18:15

Where: Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Laboratory

Laboratory Quantum Optics (260211)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther, Sebastian Pedalino, Jeremias Paff, Lee Arthur Rozema, Raffaele Silvestri, Michael Trupke

Setup of a source for entangled photon pairs – Violation of Bell’s inequality – non-classical two-photon interference (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect) – Encoding of quantum information – optical quantum computer gates – sources and detectors for molecular optics – experimental molecule interference – Experiments using Nitrogen-Vacancies in diamond or, alternatively radiation pressure experiments.

The insights and content of this course will be made accessible via experiments. Experiments are done in groups of 2 students and require 2 weeks of full-time work.

When:
First meeting Thursday, 21st of March 2022, 11:30, Q-kitchen on the 2nd floor, room 3251
Block 12th - 23th of September 2022, 09:00 - 17:00

Where: Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 10.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Matter-Wave Interferometry in the Search for New Physics (260047)

Lecturer(s): Markus Arndt

1. General Introduction
2. Basis I: Matter-waves & Feynman integrals
3. Basis II: Matter-wave interferograms: Density matrices & Wigner functions
4. Precision Inertial Sensors (g, Ω)
5. Probing Molecular properties
6. Probing the Weak Equivalence Principle
7. Space curvature & Low Frequency Gravitational Wave Detection
8. Wave Function Collapse: Theory & Experiments
9. Decoherence: Theory & Experiment
10. Matter-Wave Searches of Dark Energy, Dark Matter & the Quantization of Space Time
11. Challenges in Cold Nanoparticles Interferometry
12. Challenges in Rotational Interferometry

2 hours per week are reserved for lectures by MA. 1 hour per week is reserved for discussions based on papers to be presented by the students as well as intermittent exercises.

When: Monday, 15:00 - 17:30

Where: Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Engineered quantum many-body systems (260052)

Lecturer(s): Andreas Nunnenkamp

What is a quantum simulator and what is it good for? How can we build amplifiers that are as good as quantum mechanics allows for? How can we exploit topology for robust qubits or directional amplification? What are quantum phases and non-equilibrium phase transitions?

This is a rather practically-minded course on advanced topics in theoretical quantum many-body physics with a focus on synthetic quantum systems. We will touch on topics of current research and get acquainted with methods to treat the interplay of interactions, topology, and disorder as well as their control by means of driving, dissipation, and feedback.

By the end of the course, you will have a first understanding of some of the questions in quantum science and technology, the language to describe, and the tools to address them.

Planned topics include elements of quantum dynamics (adiabatic evolution, Landau-Zener transitions, Berry phase), second quantization (bosons and fermions, Bogoliubov theory, Kitaev chain), open quantum systems (Lindblad equation), topology (Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model), phase transitions (Bose-Hubbard model, Dicke model, and discrete time crystals).

The course format will combine lecture units and exercises.

When: Thursday, 10:00 - 12:30

Where: Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Open Problems in quantum information theory (260054)

Lecturer(s): Miguel Navascues, Phuc Thinh Le, Mirjam Weilenmann

Quantum information theory exploits the unique features of quantum physics to conduct otherwise impossible communication and computational tasks. In this lecture, we present and put into context a selection of eight important open problems in this field. While reviewing each problem, the course attendants will acquire a working knowledge of quantum information theory, which will allow them to contribute to this fascinating discipline. 

 

When: Thursday, 14:00 - 16:30

Where: Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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MASTER Courses (Summer Semester 2022): Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy

Seminar

Mathematical/Computational Astro/Quantum Physics (250084)

Lecturer(s): Norbert Mauser, José Garre Rubio, Oliver Hahn, András Molnár, Cornelius Stefan Rampf, Norbert Schuch, Hans Peter Stimming, Igor Mazets

 

This seminar adresses Masters / PhD students in astronomy, physics, mathematics, computational sciences, data sciences and informatics.

The seminar is a frame for the autonomous workout of a 25-30 min seminar-talk.

The seminar is interfacultary and interdisciplinary in the field of "mathematical and computational aspects" in physics and engineering, with an emphasis on astrophysics and quantum physics, including fluid-dynamics, magnetism and materials.

The subject of workout+talk can be freely chosen with one of the 8 scientists who run the seminar. Propositions by students are most welcome, a competent supervisor will then be assigned.

 

When & where: Wednesday 16:30-18:00 WPI-Seminarroom, 8-th floor of the Fak. Mathematik,

8.136 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1.

! The first seminars will be online by "zoom" !

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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PHD Courses (Summersemester 2021):

NOTE: ALL MASTER-COURSES CAN BE USED FOR PHD-STUDIES AND VICE VERSA.

Course

VCQ Summerschool (520007)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Philip Walther

With the increasing popularity of quantum information research, there are numerous exciting up-and-coming branches of both theoretical and experimental research. This upcoming VCQ summer school aims to give an overview for the basics of quantum computing and its experimental realizations and to highlight novel concepts and applications.

When: 29th of August - 2nd of September 2022

Where: Christian-Doppler-Hörsal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 3.00

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Seminar

VCQ - Quantum Optics Seminar (520008)

Lecturer(s): Caslav Brukner, Markus Aspelmeyer

Introduction to experiments and theoretical approaches in modern quantum science, including quantum foundations, quantum technologies and quantum information processing.

When & where: The seminar takes place on the TU Wien!!

The first talk will be on Monday, 21.03.2022. Please consult the TU HP for details (will be announced soon):https://vcq.quantum.at/colloquium-ws-21-22/

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Journal Clubs

Seminar

Quantum Foundations (520006)

Lecturer(s): Caslav Brukner

Presentation and discussion of recent scientific articles in the field of foundations of quantum physics.

When: Tba

Where: tba

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Photonic Quantum Information Processing (520023)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther

 

This seminar aims to discuss the current research in the field of photonic quantum computing and quantum information science with a focus on the related research progress of local research groups. The seminar will be held in English. Participants will be requested to choose one timely research topic, either be being actively involved or by literature research. This topic will be then presented and discussed at the seminar.

When & where: Di 10:00-11:30 Uhr, SR IQOQI

Beginn: 08.03.22Ende: 21.06.22

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Optomechanics (520016)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer

 

Presentation and discussion of recent scientific articles in the field of foundations of quantum physics.

When & where: Mi 09:30-11:00 Uhr, Schrödinger-Küche

Beginn: 09.03.22
Ende: 22.06.22

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Information and Quantum Many-Body Physics (260075)

Lecturer(s): Norbert Schuch

In this seminar, recent results and ongoing research from the field of Quantum Information and Quantum Many-Body Physics are discussed; with a special focus on Tensor Network methods. The seminar addresses students of Physics and Mathematics alike. It is organized by the research group "Quantum Information and Quantum Many-Body Physics" at the Faculty of Physics and Faculty of Mathematics (https://schuch.univie.ac.at). Speakers include group members, external guests, and students registered for the course.

When: Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:30

Where: Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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