Electron Spin Relaxations in Biological [2Fe-2S] Cluster System

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  • Amgalanbaatar Baldansuren


The phase coherence relaxation times as long as $T_2\sim830-1030\pm20$ ns were measured for the [2Fe-2S] cluster in the intrinsic protein environment. This relaxation corresponds to a relatively long lasting coherence of the low-spin $S=1/2$ state. For this biological cluster, the phase coherence relaxation time was significantly affected by the nuclear hyperfine interactions of $^{14}$N with $I=1$. After labeling the cluster environments uniformly with the $^{15}$N isotope, $T_2$ exceeds $\sim1.1-1.4\pm0.1~\mu$s at the canonical orientations. This is already an order of magnitude longer than the duration of a single-spin qubit manipulation $\sim10-100$ ns. The transient nutation experiment corresponds to the coherent manipulation of the electron spin.

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