Towards a buckyball spin future

January 10, 2021

Building the future of quantum technology requires highly controllable quantum units. Single atomic spins are forefront contenders for controllable quantum units. However, they are fragile and prone to lose information to their environment. To prevent this, we encapsulate the atomic spin inside a robust football-shaped molecule made of carbon, known as a buckyball.

An atomic spin (blue sphere) encapsulated inside a buckyball cage.

Our work published in Nature Communications is the first experimental demonstration of an idea proposed over ten years ago. The idea involved controlling a single buckyball spin with a quantum sensor. The next milestone is to control an array of buckyball spins, all exchanging quantum information with each other. We are incredibly excited about the possibilities opened up by our technique towards building large-scale buckyball quantum machines in the near future.

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