Adaptive tuning of Majorana fermions in a quantum dot chain

Ion C. Fulga, Arbel Haim, Anton R. Akhmerov, Yuval Oreg

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We suggest a way to overcome the obstacles that disorder and high density of states pose to the creation of unpaired Majorana fermions in one-dimensional systems. This is achieved by splitting the system into a chain of quantum dots, which are then tuned to the conditions under which the chain can be viewed as an effective Kitaev model, so that it is in a robust topological phase with well-localized Majorana states in the outermost dots. The tuning algorithm that we develop involves controlling the gate voltages and the superconducting phases. Resonant Andreev spectroscopy allows us to make the tuning adaptive, so that each pair of dots may be tuned independently of the other. The calculated quantized zero bias conductance serves then as a natural proof of the topological nature of the tuned phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045020
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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