3 years ago

From spintronics to Majorana bound states.

Tong Zhou, Narayan Mohanta, Jong E. Han, Alex Matos-abiague, Igor Zutic

Spin-valve structures in which a change of magnetic configuration is responsible for magnetoresistance have enabled impressive advances in spintronics, focusing on magnetically storing and sensing information. However, this mature technology also offers versatile control of the underlying fringing fields and entirely different applications by realizing topologically-nontrivial states. Together with proximity-induced superconductivity in a two-dimensional electron gas, these fringing fields realized in commercially-available spin valves could control Majorana bound states (MBS). Detailed support for the existence and control of MBS is obtained by combining accurate micromagnetic simulation of fringing fields used as an input in Bogoliubov de Gennes equation to calculate low-energy spectrum, wavefunction localization, and local charge neutrality. A generalized condition for quantum phase transition in these structures provides valuable guidance for the MBS evolution and implementing reconfigurable effective topological wires.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02506

DOI: arXiv:1901.02506v1

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