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Boundary spin polarization as a robust signature of a topological phase transition in Majorana nanowires

Serina, Marcel and Loss, Daniel and Klinovaja, Jelena. (2018) Boundary spin polarization as a robust signature of a topological phase transition in Majorana nanowires. Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics, 98 (3). 035419.

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Abstract

We show that the boundary charge and spin can be used as alternative signatures of the topological phase transition in topological models such as semiconducting nanowires with strong Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the presence of a magnetic field and in proximity to an s-wave superconductor. We identify signatures of the topological phase transition that do not rely on the presence of Majorana zero-energy modes and, thus, can serve as independent probes of topological properties. The boundary spin component along the magnetic field, obtained by summing contributions from all states below the Fermi level, has a pronounced peak at the topological phase transition point. Generally such signatures can be observed at boundaries between topological and trivial sections in nanowires and are stable against 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:1098-0121
e-ISSN:1550-235X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:06 Feb 2019 13:40
Deposited On:06 Feb 2019 13:40

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