CRC 183 Summer School

Quantum information and connections to condensed matter physics

June 7-10, 2018 Hennef, Germany

General information

The application process has been closed. All applicants should have received a message concerning their application.

The school's announcement poster can be found here. A printout version of the program can be downloaded here.

Introduction into quantum information and quantum computation

by David Gross
1st Lecture: Introduction
  • Gate model of quantum computation
  • Grover search
2nd Lecture: Cryptography and Shor's algorythm
  • Talking to your bank (or Snapchat): Public key crypto
  • Quantum Fourier transform & order finding
  • Sketch of Shor's algorithm
3rd Lecture: Outlook
  • P, NP, BQP, and where we stand
  • Non-universal "quantum supremacy" via sampling problems?

Literature: Nielsen and Chuang, "Quantum information and computation"

Quantum error correction

by Michael Kastoryano
1st Lecture: Quantum Error Correction (QEC) basics
  • Classical error correction: repetition code, [n,k,d]
  • CSS and stabilizer codes 
  • Concatenation and the Shor code
  • Sources of Error
2nd Lecture: Topological Quantum Error correction
  • The Toric code
  • Decoding and the error correction threshold
  • Gates and the fault-tolerant threshold (Eastin-Knill theorem)
3rd Lecture: QEC and many body theory
  • QEC conditions and topological order (LTQO)
  • QEC as the ground subspace of gapped topological models
  • Approximate QEC, and other new directions

Quantum information for condensed matter physics

by Jens Eisert
1st Lecture: Tensor network basics
  • Area laws and the "physical corner of Hilbert space"
  • Matrix product states
  • Projected entangled pair states
  • Multi-scale entanglement renormalization
2nd Lecture: Capturing phases of matter with tensor networks
  • Phases of matter
  • Topological order captured in terms of tensor networks
3rd Lecture: Taming the non-equilibrium
  • Equilibration and thermalization of many-body systems
  • Many-body localization
  • Wrap-up: Physical realizations of "quantum supremacy" and QEC


The preliminary timetable is as follows:


The school takes place at Sportschule-Hennef, located at Sövener Straße 60, 53773 Hennef (Germany). Detailed travelling instructions in German can be found on the school's website. Travel instruction in English can be found here.


CRC183 School is organised by the Student Council of transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 183 "Entangled States of Matter". The organising committee of the 2018 school consists of:

  • Maria Laura Baez (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Terenz Feng (University of Cologne)
  • Kyrylo Snizhko (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot)
  • Jonas Sonnenschein (Freie Universität Berlin)

For further information please contact laura.baez (at)