Entangling Remote Nuclear Spins Linked by a Chromophore

M. Schaffry*, V. Filidou, S. D. Karlen, E. M. Gauger, S. C. Benjamin, H. L. Anderson, A. Ardavan, G. A. D. Briggs, K. Maeda, K. B. Henbest, F. Giustino, J. J. L. Morton, B. W. Lovett

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Molecular nanostructures may constitute the fabric of future quantum technologies, if their degrees of freedom can be fully harnessed. Ideally one might use nuclear spins as low-decoherence qubits and optical excitations for fast controllable interactions. Here, we present a method for entangling two nuclear spins through their mutual coupling to a transient optically excited electron spin, and investigate its feasibility through density-functional theory and experiments on a test molecule. From our calculations we identify the specific molecular properties that permit high entangling power gates under simple optical and microwave pulses; synthesis of such molecules is possible with established techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number200501
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2010


  • Time-resolved EPR
  • Excited triplet
  • Double-resonance
  • Fullerene C-60
  • Pulsed endor
  • State
  • Spectroscopy
  • Molecules
  • Qubits
  • GHZ


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