AMO Seminar: Pratiti Deb, University of Chicago, “Enhancing Spin-Optical Interfaces in Molecular Qubits”

Event time: 
Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL, Room 51 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Pratiti Deb, University of Chicago
Event description: 

Optically addressable molecular spin qubits are promising systems for quantum information processing due to their tunability, modularity and scalability. In this talk, I will give an overview of the development of a chromium(IV)-based optically addressable molecular spin qubit. The ability to chemically synthesize these spin-bearing molecules provides a bottom-up approach to the design of their spin and optical properties. I will describe how the spin coherence of the molecular qubit is enhanced by inserting the molecule into a non-isostructural host matrix and generating noise-protected clock transitions. We model the coherence from first principles as a function of the qubit’s changed symmetry, and further experimentally demonstrate improved spin contrast and spin-lattice relaxation time for this qubit. I will also briefly discuss the effects of isotopic modification of the nuclear spin environment on the spin and optical properties of the chromium molecular qubit system. Finally, I will present progress towards growth of thin films of these molecular spin qubits with the goal of integration with devices. These results demonstrate our ability to optimize the spin-optical interfaces of molecular qubits through chemical design and highlight the promise of molecular spin qubits as building blocks of quantum technologies.
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