Courses in Physics

Courses in Physics in the 29th Jyväskylä Summer School. The University of Jyväskylä reserves the right to make changes to the course programme.

PH1/NANO3: Spin Qubits in Solid-state: Introduction, Implementation and Operation

Time: 12.-16.8.2019 (16 x 45 min lectures + 8 x 45 min exercises)
Participants: MSc/PhD students or interested postdocs
Lecturer(s): Dr. Arne Laucht (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and Juha Muhonen (University of Jyväskylä)
Coordinator(s): Juha Muhonen
Code: FYSJ5101
Modes of study:
 Attendance in lectures and solving exercise problems (80%).
Credits: 2 ECTS
Evaluation: Pass/fail

Contents: Quantum computing and quantum sensing are fields where rapid development is expected to lead to real world applications in the very near future. One of the most promising platforms for creating these new technologies are spin states in the solid state. The course starts by introducing the basic concepts of spin physics (like Larmor precession, spin resonance, exchange oscillations etc.) and quantum bits (Pauli matrices, Bloch sphere representation, quantum gates…) and moves then to the single spin quantum devices and their operation (spin readout and initialization mechanisms, spin control, fidelity estimation and verification, 2-qubit systems, singlet-triplet states, two-qubit gates, multi-qubit systems, error detection and correction…). There will also be small numerical simulation tasks.

Learning outcomes: After the course the participant should have a good understanding of different spin qubit platforms in the solid state, how they can be controlled and readout and what are the most important hurdles at the moment for future applications.

Prerequisites: Some background in semiconductor- or quantum physics. 

NANO1/BIO2/PH2/CH5: Biomineralization and Biological Materials

Time: 5. - 9.8.2019 (10 x 45 min of lectures + final quiz)
Participants: Course is aimed at M.Sc/PhD students
Lecturer(s): Thomas Fuhrmann-Lieker
Coordinator(s):  Saara Kaski
Code: NANS7003
Modes of study
: Attendance in lectures, preparing for quiz
Credits: 1 ECTS
Evaluation:  Pass/fail

Contents: The course will take a view on biological matter from the materials perspective. Nature is the architect for some of the hardest, softest, most brilliant and even self-healing materials. We will explore different classes of materials from silk proteins over chitin and calcium minerals in shells and bones up to the intricate glass structures in radiolarians and diatoms. The secret of their superb mechanical and optical properties can be found in their nanostructure composition, in which many different materials are combined intimately. Nanoscientists, chemists, physicists, biologists as well as engineers may find in this topic many interdisciplinary connections between their disciplines.

Learning outcomes: The participants will see how biological materials can be understood in an interdisciplinary way combining approaches from biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. They obtain knowledge about the structure and mechanical and optical properties of selected biomaterials.

Prerequisites: Bachelor level knowledge on natural sciences.