Berlin 2015 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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TT 109: Transport: Majorana Fermions (jointly with DS, HL, MA, O)

TT 109.9: Vortrag

Freitag, 20. März 2015, 11:45–12:00, H 0104

Majorana flat bands in anisotropic systems — •Daniel Mendler, Panagiotis Kotetes, and Gerd Schön — Institut für theoretische Festkörperphysik, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

It has been recently proposed that topologically protected Majorana flat bands (MFBs) emerge in superconductors with nodal energy spectrum. In this work we introduce a new class of gapful superconductors, in which MFBs can occur due to strong anisotropy. The prototype system exhibiting this kind of behavior is the nematic px+py spinless superconductor, which supports an edge MFB with controllable bandwidth. Our proposal can be for instance experimentally implemented in topological superconductors engineered from i. semiconductors with tunable spin-orbit coupling or ii. topological insulator surfaces with intrinsic magnetic order in proximity to a conventional SC. By investigating the topological properties of both setups, we show that their unique features render them feasible platforms for manipulating the Majorana fermion bandstructure and realizing MFBs.

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