Course curriculum

1
Introduction

Course details

Further reading

Perusall

Course content


2
Week 1

Notes for lecture 1

Lecture 1: Operationalism versus realism and the measurement problem.

Notes for lecture 2

Lecture 2: Operational formulation of quantum theory (Introduction)

Notes for lecture 3

Lecture 3: Operational formulation of quantum theory I

Notes for lecture 4

Lecture 4: Operational formulation of quantum theory II

Tutorial 1: Density operators, steering and teleportation

Tutorial 1 Zoom link

Tutorial 1 submission (only if you did not attend)

Homework 1: Generalized Measurements and Steering

Nocloning theorem and superluminal signalling

Myths about nocloning

Tutorial 1: solutions


3
Week 2

Lecture 5: notes

Lecture 5: Operational axiomatizations of quantum theory.

Discussion (Tuesday 19th January)

Notes for lecture 6

Lecture 6: Hidden variable models and the distinction between psiontic and psiepistemic models.

Notes for lecture 7

Lecture 7: Hidden variable models based on an epistemic restriction.

Tutorial 2: Quantum bomb testing in the restricted theory of statistical bits.

Homework 2: Universal NOT and correlations in the restricted theory of statistical bits

Tutorial 2 solutions: Quantum bomb testing in the restricted theory of statistical bits.


4
Week 3

Notes for lecture 8

Lecture 8: Bell’s theorem and locality.

Notes for lecture 9

Lecture 9: Bell’s theorem and locality (continued).

Notes for lecture 10

Lecture 10: The KochenSpecker theorem and noncontextuality.

Tutorial 3: PBR theorem

Quantum foundations course survey

Homework 3: Homework 3: Simple hidden variable models and Mermin’s version of Bell’s Theorem


5
Week 4

Notes for lecture 11

Lecture 11: The KochenSpecker theorem and noncontextuality (continued).

Notes for lecture 12

Lecture 12: The DeBroglieBohm interpretation

Notes for lecture 13

Lecture 13: The DeBroglieBohm interpretation (continued)

Tutorial 4: Constructing correlations that do not admit of a noncontextual hidden variable model

Homework 1 solutions q1

Homework 1 solutions q2


6
Week 5

Notes for lecture 14

Lecture 14: Dynamical collapse models.

Notes for lecture 15

Lecture 15: The Everett interpretation "Many worlds".
