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Building a quantum computer from living parts (FMO proteins)

  1. Sep 15, 2012 #1
    The most serious challenge to engineering a quantum computer is protecting it from decoherence. But FMO proteins in photosynthetic complexes can exhibit entanglement for a few picoseconds as reported here and here, among other places. So would it be possible to build a working, useful quantum computer using these proteins? Could this help fix decoherence issues? I don't have a good feeling for how practical this would be.
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  3. Sep 15, 2012 #2


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    Picoseconds are long for organic molecules, but short for computations - individual ions in traps or similar quantum objects should be better.
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