Prospects of Molecular Scale Logic Gates and Logic Circuits

  • Shammai Speiser
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


In recent years molecular electronics has emerged as a rapidly growing research field. The aim of this review is to introduce this subject as a whole with special emphasis on molecular scale potential devices and applications. As a particular example we will discuss all optical molecular scale logic gates and logic circuits based on molecular fluorescence and electronic excitation transfer processes. Charge and electronic energy transfer (ET and EET) are well-studied examples whereby different molecules can signal their state from one (the Donor, D) to the other (the Acceptor, A). We show how a half-adder logic circuit can be implemented on one molecule that can communicate its logic output as input to another half-adder molecule. This is achieved as an electronic energy transfer from a donor to an acceptor, thus implementing a molecular full adder. We discuss a specific pair, the rhodamine-azulene, for which there is considerable spectroscopic data, but the scheme is general enough to allow a wide choice of D and A pairs. We present results based on this pair, in which, for the first time, an all optical half-adder and full-adder logic circuits are implemented.


Logic Gate Laser Induce Fluorescence Full Adder Logic Convention Half Adder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schulich Faculty of ChemistryTechnion – Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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