Towards Fullerene-Based Quantum Computing Oxford In quant-ph 0511198, Benjamin et al. report on recent investigation of C60 arrays as a potential architecture for coherent quantum information processing. "Molecular structures appear to be natural candidates for a quantum technology: individual atoms can support quantum superpositions for long periods, and such atoms can in principle be embedded in a permanent molecular scaffolding to form an array [...] Here we report our efforts, both experimental and theoretical, to create such a technology based on endohedral fullerenes or ‘buckyballs’. We describe our successes with respect to these criteria, along with the obstacles we are currently facing and the questions that remain to be addressed."
Fullerene Molecules Left: A model of N@C60, illustrating that the nitrogen atom sits at the centre of the fullerene cage. Its electron wavefunction lies almost entirely inside, extending on the cage with only a 2% overlap. Right: The ‘peapod’ nanotube contains fullerenes packed in a pseudo-helical phase.