Our paper inspires equations appearing in hit TV series, Rick and Morty

Rick tells Morty, “That book has everything they need to create snake time travel” set to a backdrop containing markings reminiscent of odd hieroglyphics on a chalkboard. These markings are actually redrawn from diagrammatic equations appearing in Jacob Biamonte’s book, Quantum Tensor Networks. For reasons described in the book, certain classes of equations admit a formal diagramatic calculus. The equations appearing on the board prove what is known as the “snake equation”. This is fitting since Rick and Morty, Season 4: Episode 5, “Rattlestar Ricklactica” was centred around snakes that invent time travel. When asked about the situation, Biamonte said: “So what if they copied the equations down wrong, Rick and Morty is the best thing to[…]

Postdoctoral research​ position in the theory of​ modern quantum algorithms

Applications are invited for ​a postdoctoral research​ position in the theory of​ modern quantum algorithms. The position will be held at ​Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (​Skoltech), Moscow, Russia. ​The start date is flexible but we would like to fill these position(s) as soon as possible. The successful applicant will work in the research laboratory structure led by Prof Jacob Biamonte in the general area of quantum computation, with a focus on quantum enhanced algorithms and error mitigation on experimental devices. The overarching project goals include: Develop, optimize, and benchmark variational quantum algorithms (e.g. QAOA and VQE) Implement quantum information processing tasks using trapped ions and optical networks available[…]