Course: Conceptual Issues in Quantum Theory

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Course title Conceptual Issues in Quantum Theory
Course code OPT/KOKT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Dušek Miloslav, prof. RNDr. Dr.
Course content
- Historical motivation of the origin of quantum theory - Quantum interference, principle of superposition, quantum measurement - Quantum state preparation and quantum tests, projection operators, density matrix, POVM - Interaction-free measurement, quantum Zeno effect - Collapse of the wave function, decoherence - Various interpretation of quantum mechanics - Indistinguishable particles - EPR paradox, hidden parameters, Bell inequalities - Quantum correlations and non-locality - Parametric down conversion - Quantum optical experiments - Quantum teleportation - Quantum cryptography - Quantum computation

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Better understanding of the foundations of quantum theory.
Knowledge Define the main ideas and conceptions of the subject, describe the main approaches of the studied topics, recall the theoretical knowledge for solution of model problems.
No prior requirements.

Assessment methods and criteria

Knowledge within the scope of the course topics (examination)
Recommended literature
  • Albert, D.Z. (1992). Quantum Mechnics and Experience. Harvard Univ. Press.
  • Bell, J.S. (1987). Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics. Cambridge Univ. Press., Cambridge.
  • Dušek, M. (2002). Koncepční otázky kvantové teorie. UP Olomouc.
  • Feynman, R. P. (1990). Feynmanove prednášky z fyziky, 5. díl. Alfa, Bratislava.
  • Heisenberg, W. (1996). Část a celek. Votobia, Olomouc.
  • Jammer, M. (1967). The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics. Mc Graw-Hill, New York.
  • Lo, H.-K.; Popescu, S.; Spiller, T. (eds). (1998). Introduction to Quantum Computation and Information. World Scientific, Singapore.
  • Mandel, L.; Wolf, E. (1995). Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge.
  • Penrose, R. (1994). Shadows of the Mind. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford.
  • Peres, A. (1995). Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods. Kluwer, Dordrecht.
  • Pišút, J;, Gomolčák, L.; Černý, V. (1983). Úvod do kvantovej mechaniky. Alfa, Bratislava.
  • Squires, E. (1990). Conscious Mind in the Physical World. Adam Hilger, Bristol.
  • Wheeler, J.A.; Zurek, W.H. (eds). (1983). Quantum Theory and Measurement. Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Optics and Optoelectronics (1) Physics courses 3 Winter
Faculty of Science General Physics and Mathematical Physics (2014) Physics courses 1 Winter
Faculty of Science Optics and Optoelectronics (2015) Physics courses 1 Winter