Quantum Computation with Molecular Nanomagnets: Achievements, Challenges, and New Trends

  • Alberto Ghirri
  • Filippo Troiani
  • Marco Affronte
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 164)


Molecular nanomagnets exhibit quanto-mechanical properties that can be nicely tailored at synthetic level: superposition and entanglement of quantum states can be created with molecular spins whose manipulation can be done in a timescale shorter than their decoherence time, if the molecular environment is controlled in a proper way. The challenge of quantum computation is to exploit the similarities between the coherent manipulation of molecular spins and algorithms used to process data and solve problems. In this chapter we shall firstly introduce basic concepts, stressing analogies between the physics and the chemistry of molecular nanomagnets and the science of computing. Then we shall review main achievements obtained in the first decade of this field and present challenges for the next future. In particular we shall focus on two emerging topics: quantum simulators and hybrid systems made by resonant cavities and molecular nanomagnets.


Decoherence and relaxation times Hybrid quantum systems Molecular spin qubits Quantum simulators Quantum Computation 



We wish to thank Dr. A. Candini, Dr. V. Corradini, Dr. V. Bellini, Dr. I. Siloi (CNR and University of Modena and Reggio E., I), Prof. S. Carretta, Prof. P. Santini and Prof. G. Amoretti (University of Parma, I), Prof. A. Lascialfari (University of Milano, I), Dr. D. Gerace and Dr. S. Sanna (University of Pavia, I), Prof. A. Cuccoli, and Dr. P. Verrucchi (University of Firenze, I) for stimulating discussions. We also wish to thank Dr. Grigore Timco and Prof. Richard Winpenny (University of Manchester, UK) for all their hints and synthesis and structural characterization of molecular spin clusters. This work was supported by FIRB project RBFR12RPD1 of the Italian Ministry of Research and by the US AFOSR/AOARD program, contract FA2386-13-1-4029.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Ghirri
    • 1
  • Filippo Troiani
    • 1
  • Marco Affronte
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto Nanoscienze – CNR, Centro S3ModenaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica, Informatica e MatematicaUniversità di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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