Josephson current via an isolated Majorana zero mode

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Abstract

We study the equilibrium dc Josephson current in a junction between an s-wave and a topological superconductor. Cooper pairs from the s-wave superconducting lead can transfer to the topological side either via an unpaired Majorana zero mode localized near the junction or via the above-gap continuum states. We find that the Majorana contribution to the supercurrent can be switched on when time-reversal symmetry in the conventional lead is broken, e.g., by an externally applied magnetic field inducing a Zeeman splitting. Moreover, if the magnetic field has a component in the direction of the effective spin-orbit field, there will be a Majorana-induced anomalous supercurrent at zero phase difference. These behaviors may serve as a signature characteristic of Majorana zero modes and are accessible to devices with only superconducting contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014510
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume103
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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