Progress towards creating optically addressable molecular qubits
The emerging field of quantum information science promises to transform a diverse range of scientific fields, ranging from computation to sensing and metrology. The interdisciplinary scientific community laid the groundwork for the next generation of quantum technologies through key advances in understanding the fundamental unit of quantum information science, the qubit. Electronic spin is a promising platform for qubits, demonstrating suitably long coherence times, optical initialization, and single spin addressability. Herein, we discuss recent accomplishments and future progress from our group targeted at imbuing transition metal complexes with the aforementioned properties, creating a pathway to fusing spatial precision with long coherence times. A strong emphasis of this feature article is progressing towards single spin measurements via a chemical approach for imbuing molecular qubits with an optically-induced spin polarization mechanism.