QUANTUM CLUB FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

THE ENTRANCE TEST TOOK PLACE ON THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER. NO NEW APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED TILL AUGUST 2021

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INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Weekly 2-hour individual tutorials
  • Laboratory practicums (circumstances permitting)
  • Virtual and/or real lab tours
  • Lectures and meetings with world’s leading quantum physicists
  • Lots of homework!

The tutorials take place online and are available for free.

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO

SYLLABUS

  • Hilbert spaces, quantum states, operators
  • Quantum axioms. Measurements. Schrödinger equation
  • Mysteries and paradoxes of quantum physics. Quantum nonlocality. Bell inequality
  • Applications. Quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, quantum computing

REQUIREMENTS

Students must be studying A-level Physics (or equivalent) in a UK school. Good knowledge of school math and physics is required, including the basics of:

  • trigonometry (Isaac Physics level 4)
  • calculus (Isaac Physics level 4-5)
  • complex numbers (Isaac Physics level 5-6)
  • theory of probabilities (including the notions of expectation value and variance)

Participants will need to take an entrance test, which we will send after registration closes.

CLUB CONVENER

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Professor ALEXANDER LVOVSKY. Author of the book Quantum Physics: An introduction based on photons

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many places do you have in the Club?
We will do our best to accommodate every deserving candidate.

How much time do I have to commit to the Club?
In addition to 2-hour weekly tutorials, you will need to plan to work on the assignments for at least four hours per week.

I like the idea of Socratic pedagogy. But what if I get stuck?
Please ask your tutors! They will be happy to point you in the right direction. You can also ask in the group chat line.

What textbook are we using?
A. I. Lvovsky, Quantum Physics: An Introduction Based on Photons (Springer Amazon).

Do I need a tablet?
This is preferable but not necessary. A stylus-enabled tablet allows you to create a virtual whiteboard, on which you and the tutor can write at the same time. However, you can just send a scan of your solution for the tutor to read, this will work as well.

I cannot attend on a specific day of the week.
There will be several groups with different tutors, each of which can meet at a time convenient for all members.

On what dates do the classes start and end?
I hope to publish the first assignment immediately after the entrance test, i.e. around 18th December. The first tutorials will take place in the first days of January and run weekly till the end of May, after which the tutors will be busy taking their own exams.

Will I get a certificate in the end?
The tutors will keep track of the problems from the assignments that each student has solved. I will be happy to write a reference letter in the end of the course certifying the progress you have made.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

The registration is now closed.

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"I think I can safely say that nobody really understands quantum mechanics" Richard Feynman

"Quantum theory also tells us that the world is not simply objective; somehow it’s something more subtle than that" John Polkinghorne

"If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet" Niels Bohr

Indeed, sometimes even an entire life is not enough to understand quantum physics. But to start studying and thinking about it, a school background is sufficient.