Hanbury Brown and Twiss noise correlations in a topological superconductor beam splitter

Abstract : We study Hanbury-Brown and Twiss current cross-correlations in a three-terminal junction where a central topological superconductor (TS) nanowire, bearing Majorana bound states at its ends, is connected to two normal leads. Relying on a non-perturbative Green function formalism, our calculations allow us to provide analytical expressions for the currents and their correlations at subgap voltages, while also giving exact numerical results valid for arbitrary external bias. We show that when the normal leads are biased at voltages V1 and V2 smaller than the gap, the sign of the current cross-correlations is given by −sgn(V1V2). In particular, this leads to positive cross-correlations for opposite voltages, a behavior in stark contrast with the one of a standard superconductor, which provides a direct evidence of the presence of the Majorana zero-mode at the edge of the TS. We further extend our results, varying the length of the TS (leading to an overlap of the Majorana bound states) as well as its chemical potential (driving it away from half-filling), generalizing the boundary TS Green function to those cases. In the case of opposite bias voltages, sgn(V1V2)=−1, driving the TS wire through the topological transition leads to a sign change of the current cross-correlations, providing yet another signature of the physics of the Majorana bound state.
Type de document :
Article dans une revue
Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2017, 95, pp.054514. <http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054514>. <10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054514>
Liste complète des métadonnées

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01498176
Contributeur : Thibaut Jonckheere <>
Soumis le : mercredi 29 mars 2017 - 16:40:37
Dernière modification le : jeudi 30 mars 2017 - 14:42:52

Identifiants

Collections

Citation

T. Jonckheere, J. Rech, A. Zazunov, R. Egger, Thierry Martin. Hanbury Brown and Twiss noise correlations in a topological superconductor beam splitter. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2017, 95, pp.054514. <http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054514>. <10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054514>. <hal-01498176>

Partager

Métriques

Consultations de la notice

84