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Design of magnetic coordination complexes for quantum computing

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Abstract

A very exciting prospect in coordination chemistry is to manipulate spins within magnetic complexes for the realization of quantum logic operations. An introduction to the requirements for a paramagnetic molecule to act as a 2-qubit quantum gate is provided in this tutorial review. We propose synthetic methods aimed at accessing such type of functional molecules, based on ligand design and inorganic synthesis. Two strategies are presented: (i) the first consists in targeting molecules containing a pair of well-defined and weakly coupled paramagnetic metal aggregates, each acting as a carrier of one potential qubit, (ii) the second is the design of dinuclear complexes of anisotropic metal ions, exhibiting dissimilar environments and feeble magnetic coupling. The first systems obtained from this synthetic program are presented here and their properties are discussed.

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Submitted
29 Apr 2011
First published
04 Aug 2011

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 537-546
Article type
Tutorial Review

Design of magnetic coordination complexes for quantum computing

G. Aromí, D. Aguilà, P. Gamez, F. Luis and O. Roubeau, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 537 DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15115K

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