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Title: Chiral topological superconductor and half-integer conductance plateau from quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition

Abstract

Here, we propose to realize a two-dimensional chiral topological superconducting (TSC) state from the quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition in a magnetic topological insulator thin film through the proximity effect to a conventional s -wave superconductor. This state has a full pairing gap in the bulk and a single chiral Majorana mode at the edge. The optimal condition for realizing such chiral TSC is to have inequivalent superconducting pairing amplitudes on top and bottom surfaces of the doped magnetic topological insulator. We further propose several transport experiments to detect the chiral TSC. One unique signature is that the conductance will be quantized into a half-integer plateau at the coercive field in this hybrid system. In particular, with the point contact formed by a superconducting junction, the conductance oscillates between e 2 /2h and e2 /h with the frequency determined by the voltage across the junction. We close by discussing the feasibility of these experimental proposals.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [1]
  1. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1326857
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1213610
Report Number(s):
SLAC-PUB-16713
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121; PRBMDO
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY

Citation Formats

Wang, Jing, Zhou, Quan, Lian, Biao, and Zhang, Shou -Cheng. Chiral topological superconductor and half-integer conductance plateau from quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.064520.
Wang, Jing, Zhou, Quan, Lian, Biao, & Zhang, Shou -Cheng. Chiral topological superconductor and half-integer conductance plateau from quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.064520.
Wang, Jing, Zhou, Quan, Lian, Biao, and Zhang, Shou -Cheng. Mon . "Chiral topological superconductor and half-integer conductance plateau from quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.064520. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1326857.
@article{osti_1326857,
title = {Chiral topological superconductor and half-integer conductance plateau from quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition},
author = {Wang, Jing and Zhou, Quan and Lian, Biao and Zhang, Shou -Cheng},
abstractNote = {Here, we propose to realize a two-dimensional chiral topological superconducting (TSC) state from the quantum anomalous Hall plateau transition in a magnetic topological insulator thin film through the proximity effect to a conventional s -wave superconductor. This state has a full pairing gap in the bulk and a single chiral Majorana mode at the edge. The optimal condition for realizing such chiral TSC is to have inequivalent superconducting pairing amplitudes on top and bottom surfaces of the doped magnetic topological insulator. We further propose several transport experiments to detect the chiral TSC. One unique signature is that the conductance will be quantized into a half-integer plateau at the coercive field in this hybrid system. In particular, with the point contact formed by a superconducting junction, the conductance oscillates between e2 /2h and e2 /h with the frequency determined by the voltage across the junction. We close by discussing the feasibility of these experimental proposals.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.92.064520},
journal = {Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 92,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {8}
}

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