New nanomagnets made of graphene will lead to more sustainable information technologies. By identifying the process of electron spin dynamics in nanoparticles scientists have opened the door to developing better magnets that could improve devices used in IT, as well as quantum computing, medicine, and spintronics.
“The SPRING project will incorporate the products of recent significant breakthroughs that have been achieved by members of the world-class consortium. They will take advantage of their shared expertise to design custom-crafted magnetic graphene nano structures and investigate how they perform within quantum spintronic devices.
While the science that will support this development is complex, the objective of the project is simple, the team wants to establish an all-graphene platform that appropriates spins for the transportation, storing and processing of information. This advancement is predicted to have a profound impact on the field of information technology, opening the door to faster processing, and the potential for applications that are at the moment not possible to realise with current methods. In addition, these developments will also benefit the trajectory of quantum computing.
The project’s scientific coordinator and Research Professor at CIC nanoGUNE, Jose Ignacio Pascual, believes that graphene presents the ideal molecule to both host spins and to transport them. He notes that recent developments in graphene research have demonstrated that graphene can now be fabricated with atomic precision, allowing for the creation of graphene structures with an exact composition, shape, spin arrangement, as well as allowing for the development of graphene electrodes for electrostatic or quantum gates.
Ignacio Pascual sees the project as having the potential to create a platform that would serve as a facilitator for the second quantum revolution, enabling the generation of new qubit elements for quantum computation.”
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