ECE 487 - Introduction to Quantum Electronics

Term: Fall 2018

Course Objective: The goal of this course is to introduce the basic theory of quantum mechanics and its application in modern electronics and technology. Specifically, the course will apply the principles of quantum mechanics to understand cutting-edge nanoelectronic devices and quantum computing frameworks.

Time/Location: T/R 9:35AM-10:50AM, 4070 ECE Building

Instructor: Dr. Eric Chitambar, (Office: Coordinated Science Laboratory 358, Email:

Office Hours: Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Course Website:

Primary Textbook: Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers by David A. B. Miller
Additional course material and discussion will be provided through the course piazza webpage.

Grading: The grading for the course breaks down as follows:
Homework - 40%
Midterm - 30%
Final - 30%
Homework will be regularily assigned and posted on the course piazza website.

Course Grader: Dongyoung Kim (

Course Topics:
Schrodinger equation and principles of quantum mechanics
Quantum mechanical tunneling
Quantum spin and qubits
Perturbation theory and field quantization
Non-linear optics and entanglement generation
Two-state lasers
Quantum computing
Quantum cryptography
Course Outline (roughly following Miller's textbook):
Chapter 2: 3 lectures
Chapter 3: 4 lectures
Chapters 4-5: 3 lectures
Chapter 6: 2 lectures
Chapter 7: 2 lectures
Chapters 9, 10, 12: 4 lectures
Chapter 13: 2 lectures
Chapter 15: 2 lectures
Chapter 16: 1 lecture
Chapter 17: 2 lectures
Chapter 18: 3 lectures