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Spin and charge signatures of topological superconductivity in Rashba nanowires

Szumniak, Pawel and Chevallier, Denis and Loss, Daniel and Klinovaja, Jelena. (2017) Spin and charge signatures of topological superconductivity in Rashba nanowires. Physical Review B, 96 (4). 041401.

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Abstract

We consider a Rashba nanowire with a proximity gap which can be brought into the topological phase by tuning external magnetic field or chemical potential. We study spin and charge of the bulk quasiparticle states when passing through the topological transition for open and closed systems. We show, analytically and numerically, that the spin of bulk states around the topological gap reverses its sign when crossing the transition due to band inversion, independent of the presence of Majorana fermions in the system. This spin reversal can be considered as a bulk signature of topological superconductivity that can be accessed experimentally. We find a similar behavior for the charge of the bulk quasiparticle states, also exhibiting a sign reversal at the transition. We show that these signatures are robust against random static disorder.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretical Nano/Quantum Physics (Klinovaja)
UniBasel Contributors:Klinovaja, Jelena
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:2469-9950
e-ISSN:2469-9969
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:07 Mar 2018 14:37
Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 14:37

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