Erin Nunnold

Date of Defense

Spring 4-23-1998



First Advisor

Clifton E. Ealy, Jr., Mathematics and Statistics

Second Advisor

Thomas Richardson, Mathematics and Statistics


This paper explores two types of channels: classical and quantum. Classical channels are those we use everyday and consist of wires, resistors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors. Quantum channels are currently a theoretical creation because classical channels have become so small that we must move into quantum dimensions. Hydrogen atoms are used to store information by altering their energy levels. Encoding in both of these mediums present a challenge. Due to noise, errors can occur in transmission of the message from one system to another. When quantum systems are being used, noise results from electromagnetic interference of the proton state, dust, and photon interference. These classical errors can be controlled.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only