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Effective model for Majorana modes in graphene

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Manesco, A. L. R. [1] ; Weber, G. [1] ; Rodrigues Jr, D.
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Lorena Engn Sch, BR-12602810 Lorena, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review B; v. 100, n. 12 SEP 9 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

It was recently proposed that the interface between a graphene nanoribbon in the canted antiferromagnetic quantum Hall state and a s-wave superconductor may present topological superconductivity, resulting in the appearance of Majorana zero modes {[}San-Jose et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041042 (2015)]. However, a description of the low-energy physics in terms of experimentally controllable parameters was still missing. Starting from a mean-field continuum model for graphene in proximity to a superconductor, we derive the low-energy effective Hamiltonian describing the interface of this heterojunction from first principles. A comparison between tight-binding simulations and analytical calculations with effective masses suggests that normal reflections at the interface must be considered in order to fully describe the low-energy physics. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/10167-8 - Investigation of electronic and topological properties of superconductor-graphene heterojunctions for applications in quantum computation devices
Grantee:Antonio Lucas Rigotti Manesco
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)