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Majorana modes and Kondo effect in a quantum dot attached to a topological superconducting wire (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Edson Vernek; David Ruiz-Tijerina; Luis Dias da Silva; José Carlos Egues

Paper Abstract

Quantum dot attached to topological wires has become an interesting setup to study Majorana bound state in condensed matter[1]. One of the major advantage of using a quantum dot for this purpose is that it provides a suitable manner to study the interplay between Majorana bound states and the Kondo effect. Recently we have shown that a non-interacting quantum dot side-connected to a 1D topological superconductor and to metallic normal leads can sustain a Majorana mode even when the dot is empty. This is due to the Majorana bound state of the wire leaking into the quantum dot. Now we investigate the system for the case in which the quantum dot is interacting[3]. We explore the signatures of a Majorana zero--mode leaking into the quantum dot, using a recursive Green's function approach. We then study the Kondo regime using numerical renormalization group calculations. In this regime, we show that a "0.5" contribution to the conductance appears in system due to the presence of the Majorana mode, and that it persists for a wide range of the dot parameters. In the particle-hole symmetric point, in which the Kondo effect is more robust, the total conductance reaches $3e^2/2h$, clearly indicating the coexistence of a Majorana mode and the Kondo resonance in the dot. However, the Kondo effect is suppressed by a gate voltage that detunes the dot from its particle-hole symmetric point as well as by a Zeeman field. The Majorana mode, on the other hand, is almost insensitive to both of them. We show that the zero--bias conductance as a function of the magnetic field follows a well--known universal curve. This can be observed experimentally, and we propose that this universality followed by a persistent conductance of $0.5,e^2/h$ are evidence for the presence of Majorana--Kondo physics. This work is supported by the Brazilians agencies FAPESP, CNPq and FAPEMIG. [1] A. Y. Kitaev, Ann.Phys. {bf 303}, 2 (2003). [2] E. Vernek, P.H. Penteado, A. C. Seridonio, J. C. Egues, Phys. Rev. B {bf 89}, 165314 (2014). [3] David A. Ruiz-Tijerina, E. Vernek, Luis G. G. V. Dias da Silva, J. C. Egues, arXiv:1412.1851 [cond-mat.mes-hall].

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9551, Spintronics VIII, 95511W (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187939
Show Author Affiliations
Edson Vernek, Univ. Federal de Uberlândia (Brazil)
David Ruiz-Tijerina, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Luis Dias da Silva, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
José Carlos Egues, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9551:
Spintronics VIII
Henri-Jean Drouhin; Jean-Eric Wegrowe; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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