Crossed Andreev Reflection and Elastic Cotunneling in Three Quantum Dots Coupled by Superconductors

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Abstract

The formation of a topological superconducting phase in a quantum-dot-based Kitaev chain requires nearest neighbor crossed Andreev reflection and elastic cotunneling. Here, we report on a hybrid InSb nanowire in a three-site Kitaev chain geometry - the smallest system with well-defined bulk and edge - where two superconductor-semiconductor hybrids separate three quantum dots. We demonstrate pairwise crossed Andreev reflection and elastic cotunneling between both pairs of neighboring dots and show sequential tunneling processes involving all three quantum dots. These results are the next step toward the realization of topological superconductivity in long Kitaev chain devices with many coupled quantum dots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number056602
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume132
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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