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763634S Quantum devices, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 763634S  Validity 01.01.2019 -
Name Quantum devices  Abbreviation Quantum devices 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3253 Theoretical Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Matti Silveri 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



The course is held in every second/third autumn semester, during period I. It is recommended to complete the course at the 3th, 4th, or  5th autumn semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student:

- knows the quantum mechanical circuit theory such that the student can construct a Hamiltonian operator for a simple electric ciruit
- is able to explain damping of quantum systems via master equation formalism and knows how it is derived and justified
- is able to to solve time-dependent quantum mechanical problems involving uncoupled or coupled harmonic oscillators and quantum bits
- knows basics of modern superconducting circuit based quantum bits.


The basic concepts and methods of modern quantum devices: quantum circuit theory, damping via master equation, harmonic oscillator, and Josephson junction based quantum bits.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 28 h, exercises 14 h, and self-study 93 h

Target group 

Advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students of physics. Everyone, who is interested in the physics and working principles of modern quantum devices.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

The recommended prerequisite is the courses of Quantum mechanics I 763312A and Quantum mechanics II 763613A/S or corresponding knowledge.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes, E. Thuneberg & M. Silveri: Quantum devices, not following any particular book.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final examination. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Matti Silveri

Working life cooperation 

The course does not contain working life cooperation.


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