Introduction to quantum information processing (CMSC 858K, Fall 2016): Course project


For the course project, you should write an expository paper on a topic of your choice from the quantum information literature. Your goal should be to understand a new concept in quantum information by reading original sources, and then to communicate this concept clearly and concisely. Your target audience should be your fellow students in the course. If you would like to do some original research as part of your project, this is encouraged, but not required.

Your paper should be at most ten pages in length (not counting references), using at least 11-point fonts and at least 1-inch margins. You must prepare your paper using LaTeX; you might use this template (illustrating a few basic commands) to get started. If necessary, you can draw quantum circuits using the Qcircuit package.

As part of this project, you will work with a partner to review drafts of your individual papers. In addition to the paper itself, you will submit a proposal, a rough draft, and a critique, and will participate in a draft review meeting (see the schedule below). Your proposal should also be written in LaTeX, and should include a title, abstract, section headings, and short descriptions of the content of each section. Your critique should be written in the format of a referee report. It should briefly summarize the content of the paper, explain why the topic is interesting or important, address positive aspects of the paper as well as aspects that could be improved, and should list any typos and errors in the paper.

Please respect the following deadlines to facilitate the peer review process and to receive full credit. All submissions should be in pdf format, and should be e-mailed to all 3 instructors (,, for all assignments, and should be additionally e-mailed to your peer reviewer for the rough draft and critique assignments.


Please respect these deadlines to facilitate the peer review process and to receive full credit.


The following is a list of possible project topics, organized by subject, with a link to a representative reference for each. Though long, this list is far from exhaustive. You are welcome to choose a topic not on this list.

We have provided a brief description of each topic to give you a very rough idea what it is about, and we have listed some references to get you started. Often the choice of reference is somewhat arbitrary, so you should only treat the given references as a possible starting point. You should consult other related papers to form a more complete picture of the topic. Please do not hesitate to ask for help finding additional references on some topic.

Many of these references are links to published articles that may not be accessible from outside the university. Let us know if you have difficulty accessing any of these references.

If a topic uses mathematical concepts that go beyond the typical scope of the course, we try to make a note of it in the topic description.

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