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Physics & Classical / Quantum Information



This is a brand new courses intended as a foundation for a new MSc specialization on the Physics of Classical and Quantum Information.
Many concepts in physics, specifically the statistical mechanics underpinning of thermodynamics, have proven to have a wider applicability in the science of information. Conversely, the recent excitement about the viable pursuit of the quantum computer has given new insights onto quantum physics using the science of information developed in classical computer science. This course explores this interplay between these two fields as a foundation and a broader background for other courses exploring the physics of information.

Course Expectations and Evaluation

The course will consist of three parts:

  • The first part of the course will consist of a set of conventional lectures and (graded) assignments;

  • The second part of the course will consist of a set of indepedent research projects with a written report and presentations by the students;

  • The third part will be a set of guest lectures (interspersed in the second part).

The final course grade will be determined from

  • Graded assignments (50%)

  • Project Presentation (20%)

  • Project report (30%)

Course Material and Digital communication

To be announced.
All the remaining materials | this syllabus, problem assignments, background material |
can also be found on the Leiden University Brightspace site: Brightspace


For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

Mode of instruction

See Brightspace


Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis by registration for a class activity using a class number


Contact details of the lecturer: Dr. D.F.E. Samtleben Prof.dr. K.E. Schalm