A modular design of molecular qubits to implement universal quantum gates

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  • External authors:
  • Jesus Ferrando-Soria
  • Eufemio Moreno Pineda
  • Alessandro Chiesa
  • Antonio Fernandez
  • Samantha A. Magee
  • Stefano Carretta
  • Paolo Santini
  • Inigo J. Vitorica- Yrezabal
  • Grigore A. Timco


The physical implementation of quantum information processing relies on individual modules—qubits—and operations that modify such modules either individually or in groups—quantum gates. Two examples of gates that entangle pairs of qubits are the controlled NOT-gate (CNOT) gate, which flips the state of one qubit depending on the state of another, and the gate that brings a two-qubit product state into a superposition involving partially swapping the qubit states. Here we show that through supramolecular chemistry a single simple module, molecular {Cr7Ni} rings, which act as the qubits, can be assembled into structures suitable for either the CNOT or gate by choice of linker, and we characterize these structures by electron spin resonance spectroscopy. We introduce two schemes for implementing such gates with these supramolecular assemblies and perform detailed simulations, based on the measured parameters including decoherence, to demonstrate how the gates would operate.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2016

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