Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2013
Volume 58, Number 1
Monday–Friday, March 18–22, 2013; Baltimore, Maryland
Session R10: Invited Session: New Platforms for Non-Abelian Statistics Majoranas and Beyond
2:30 PM–5:30 PM,
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sponsoring Units: GQI DCMP
Chair: Kirill Shtengel, University of California, Riverside
Abstract ID: BAPS.2013.MAR.R10.2
Abstract: R10.00002 : Zero-bias peaks and splitting in an Al--InAs nanowire topological superconductor as signature of Majorana fermions*
3:06 PM–3:42 PM
(Weizmann Institute of Science)
Majorana fermions are the only fermionic particles that are expected to be their own antiparticles. While elementary particles of the Majorana type were not identified yet, quasi-particles with Majorana like properties, born from interacting electrons in the solid, were predicted to exist. Here, we present thorough experimental studies, backed by numerical simulations, of a system composed of an aluminum superconductor in proximity to an indium arsenide nanowire, with the latter possessing strong spin-orbit coupling and Zeeman splitting. Induced one-dimensional topological superconductor, supporting Majorana fermions at both ends, is expected to form. We concentrate on the characteristics of a distinct zero bias conductance peak (ZBP) and its splitting in energy - both appearing only with a small magnetic field applied along the wire. The ZBP was found to be robustly tied to the Fermi energy over a wide range of system parameters. While not providing a definite proof of a Majorana state, the presented data and the simulations support its existence.
*Partial support by the European Research Council under the European Community's Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC Grant agreement \# 227716.
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