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Complete hands-on tasks across a range of topics so you can learn quantum computing in just minutes a day.

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Black Opal uses vizualisation, interactivity, and animation so anyone can learn quantum computing.

Go from zero background to programming real quantum computers by practicing your skills.

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What is Black Opal?

Black Opal is the first interactive online learning platform for anyone interested in learning quantum computing. With Black Opal’s intuitive design featuring visualization, interactivity and animation, you can learn quantum computing in just minutes per day.


Who should use Black Opal?

Black Opal’s educational tools are designed to help anyone begin their quantum journey - from students to developers entering or curious about the field.


How much does a Black Opal subscription cost?

This week only get a 12 month subscription for $59.94USD*. Offer ends November 28, 2022. Outside of the promotion period, we have two plans; a) $9.99 USD a month billed annually or b) $19.99 USD a month billed monthly

Can I try Black Opal for free?

Yes, you can access a set of beginner skills and topics and practice those skills for free. If you would like to take your quantum journey to the next level, you can unlock more modules with a Black Opal Pro subscription.

Is Black Opal available for businesses?

Yes, please contact us via the chat or email us for a consultation.

I need technical support

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What is the Black Opal community?

The Black Opal community is a forum for existing Black Opal users that offers community members the chance to engage with fellow learners and Q-CTRL experts.

Frequently asked questions

Get started with over 350 lessons

This skill introduces the superposition principle. You'll gain insight into where this principle comes from, why it is necessary, and what you can do with it.

Superposition

Beginner

Begin with the basics - discover the fundamental physics principles that make quantum computers work in a simple and intuitive way. Then progress to quantum circuits, key algorithms, and even how to program real quantum computers!

Start with some fundamentals in how we represent information and by the end of this skill you'll understand how we can encode and process information using quantum physics!

Qubits

Beginner

Measurement the destructor. What does it mean to measure something in general? What does it mean to measure something in quantum physics?

Measurement

Beginner

How do we represent the programs to be run on quantum computers? After this skill you'll be able to decipher some of the cool diagrams you see in the field.

Circuits

Intermediate

Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance." It's not so spooky, but it may be extremely useful! Discover the most quintessential concept in quantum physics.

Entanglement

Intermediate

Why don't we have useful quantum computers yet? Learn what's holding us back through an understanding of how noise and interference affect quantum computers.

Noise

Intermediate

Are you ready for the trenches? This skill pits you against the challenges of programming a real quantum computer — assembly code, compiling, qubit topology, and more!

Programming

Advanced

Learn all about quantum control and how it is used to create quantum gates and combat noise.

Control

Advanced

An introduction to the prototypical quantum algorithms that exhibit known speedup over the best classical algorithms.

Speedup

Advanced

Practice what you've learned in an open-ended "sandbox" so you can explore at your own pace. Every lesson is interactive so you can challenge yourself along the way.

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Get started with over 350 lessons

This skill introduces the superposition principle. You'll gain insight into where this principle comes from, why it is necessary, and what you can do with it.

Superposition

Beginner

5 topics

Begin with the basics - discover the fundamental physics principles that make quantum computers work in a simple and intuitive way. Then progress to quantum circuits, key algorithms, and even how to program real quantum computers!

Start with some fundamentals in how we represent information and by the end of this skill you'll understand how we can encode and process information using quantum physics!

Qubits

Beginner

5 topics

Measurement the destructor. What does it mean to measure something in general? What does it mean to measure something in quantum physics?

Measurement

Beginner

4 topics

How do we represent the programs to be run on quantum computers? After this skill you'll be able to decipher some of the cool diagrams you see in the field.

Circuits

Intermediate

5 topics

Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance." It's not so spooky, but it may be extremely useful! Discover the most quintessential concept in quantum physics.

Entanglement

Intermediate

5 topics

Why don't we have useful quantum computers yet? 
Learn what's holding us back through an understanding of how noise and interference affect quantum computers.

Noise

Intermediate

4 topics

Are you ready for the trenches? This skill pits you against the challenges of programming a real quantum computer — assembly code, compiling, qubit topology, and more!

Programming

Advanced

4 topics

Learn all about quantum control and how it is used to create quantum gates and combat noise.

Control

Advanced

4 topics

An introduction to the prototypical quantum algorithms that exhibit known speedup over the best classical algorithms.

Speedup

Advanced

4 topics

Practice what you've learned in an open-ended "sandbox" so you can explore at your own pace. Every lesson is interactive so you can challenge yourself along the way.

Get started for free

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Learning quantum computing doesn’t have to be difficult

From superposition to qubits and more, enjoy a modern platform featuring visualization, interactivity, and animation.

Black Opal is amazing, I've bought a 1 year subscription. Explaining complex topics in simple terms - that's brilliant. I would be glad to support if you decide to translate this in Ukrainian.

Kevin Carr – Senior Software Engineer, Software

This course is amazing. Orders of magnitude easier to follow than any other quantum computing learning resource I've come across. Really looking forward to the skills that are coming soon.

Black Opal is a fantastic resource. I love being able to visualize Bloch sphere rotations with the Practice module. I’m still working on my Circuits badge!

This course is amazing. Orders of magnitude easier to follow than any other quantum computing learning resource I've come across. Really looking forward to the skills that are coming soon.

Kevin Carr – Senior Software Engineer, Software

Black Opal is a fantastic resource. I love being able to visualize Bloch sphere rotations with the Practice module. I’m still working on my Circuits badge!

Black Opal is amazing, I've bought a 1 year subscription. Explaining complex topics in simple terms - that's brilliant. I would be glad to support if you decide to translate this in Ukrainian.

Complete interactive activities

Challenge yourself with hands-on tasks across a range of topics so you can learn quantum computing in just minutes a day.

Learn quantum computing in just minutes a day

Upskill for the quantum era and get recognized for your achievements by earning badges and working towards certification.

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Code fundamental quantum algorithms using the unique visual coding environment, and build the core skills to start a career in the industry.

Program a quantum computer

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Program a quantum computer

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