Physics at Virginia

"Driven Majorana Zero Modes: A Route to Synthetic px+ipy Superconductivity"

Lingyu Yang , University of Virginia - Department of Physics
[Host: Prof. Gia-Wei Chern]

In the Kitaev's toy model with a constant chemical potential, the Majorana zero modes (MZMs) can exist but stay localized at the edges of a 1D spinless chain. In this talk, I will introduce the Kitaev's toy model with a site-dependent chemical potential. In this case, one is able to create segments of topological and normal superconducting phases. The MZMs exist at the domain walls between the two phases, but not necessarily at the edges of the whole chain. By tuning the chemical potential such that the domain walls can change in space, the MZMs are able to move in space as well. We call this motion of MZMs the Majorana pump and argue that it leads to px+ipy superconductivity. I will present how the py pairing emerges, and how to realize this model in experiments.

Condensed Matter Seminar
Thursday, April 7, 2022
2:30 PM
Clark Hall, Room G004
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