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 Wintersemester 2000/01
   Quantum Coherence

Quantum Coherence, Correlation and Information (engl.)

Day, time, room
Tuesday, 13:15-14:45, seminar room 415 (physics building)
Thursday, 11:15-12:45, seminar room 415 (physics building)

The thursday date is devoted to the lecture on odd calendar weeks and to an exercise session on even weeks.

The lecture has started on tuesday 24 october. Photos and audio recordings are available at

The contact person for the exercises is Jens Eisert, phone (0331) 977 17 93, room 427 (physics building).

Take Home Exercises

  1. Session. Distributed 24 october 2000.   [ .ps (44 kB) | .pdf (60 kB) ]
  2. Session. Distributed 16 november 2000.   [ .ps (61 kB) | .pdf (74 kB) ]

Lecture Notes [ .ps (1.72 MB) | .pdf (659 kB) ]

All .pdf files updated at 16th january 2001.


  1. Other useful material:
  2. Information theory:
    • Dominic Welsh, Codes & Cryptography:
      about 20 pages are interesting for this lecture; good reference if you are interested in cryptography, coding, classical information theory.
      (Oxford Science Publications, Oxford University Press 1988 [ISBN 0 19 853287 3])
  3. Quantum mechanics:
    • Keith Hannabuss, An Introduction to Quantum Theory
      (Oxford Science Publications, Oxford University Press 1997 [ISBN 0 19 853791 8])
    • Asher Peres, Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods
      (Kluwer Academic Pub. 1995 [ISBN 0-7923-2549-4 (HB), -3632-1 (PB)])
  4. Fun:
    • Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind:
      A marvel on computers, minds and the laws of physics. Recommended source for easy-to-read material on Turing machines, Gödels incompleteness theorem, and its relation to Physics in general and quantum mechanics in particular.
      (Oxford University Press 1989; reprint in Vintage Books, Random Hous, London 1990 [ISBN 0 09 977170 5])
    • Simon Singh, The Code Book The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking
      (Fourth Estate Limited, London 2000 [ISBN 1-85702-889-9])
  5. Further references will be given during the lecture.

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