ECE 487 - Introduction to Quantum Electronics

Term: Fall 2019

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 9:30AM-10:50AM, 4070 ECE Building

Instructor: Prof. Kejie Fang, (Office: MNTL2112, Email:

Office Hours: Thursday 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Course Website:

Primary Textbook: Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers by David A. B. Miller
Lecture notes will be posted on the course website.

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 website.

Course Topics:

Schrodinger equation and principles of quantum mechanics
Quantum mechanical tunneling
Operators and uncertainty principle
Perturbation theory
Tight binding model and bandstructures
Quantum spin and qubits
Density matrix and field quantization
Basic quantum information

Course Outline (roughly following Miller's textbook):

Chapter 2: 4 lectures
Chapter 3: 3 lectures
Chapters 4-5: 4 lectures
Chapter 6: 2 lectures
Chapter 7: 2 lectures
Chapter 8: 2 lectures
Chapters 9, 10, 12: 4 lectures
Chapter 13: 2 lectures
Chapter 14: 2 lectures
Chapter 15: 2 lectures
Chapter 18: 2 lectures
Lecture Notes
Lecture 1  Lecture 2
Lecture 3
Lecture 4  Lecture 5