Topology protection-unprotection transition: Example from multiterminal superconducting nanostructures

Xiao Li Huang, Yuli V. Nazarov

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Abstract

We show theoretically that in the superconducting nanostructures the gapped states of different topology are not always protected by separating gapless states. Depending on the structure design parameters, they can be either protected or not, with a protection-unprotection transition separating these two distinct situations. We build up a general theoretical description of the transition vicinity in the spirit of Landau theory. We speculate that similar protection-unprotection transitions may also occur for other realizations of topological protection in condensed matter systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085408
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume100
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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