Zero-bias anomaly in a nanowire quantum dot coupled to superconductors

E. Lee, X. Jiang, R. Aguado, G. Katsaros, C. Lieber, S. De Franceschi, Physical Review Letters 109 (2012).


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We studied the low-energy states of spin-1/2 quantum dots defined in InAs/InP nanowires and coupled to aluminum superconducting leads. By varying the superconducting gap Δ with a magnetic field B we investigated the transition from strong coupling Δ≪T K to weak-coupling Δ≫T K, where T K is the Kondo temperature. Below the critical field, we observe a persisting zero-bias Kondo resonance that vanishes only for low B or higher temperatures, leaving the room to more robust subgap structures at bias voltages between Δ and 2Δ. For strong and approximately symmetric tunnel couplings, a Josephson supercurrent is observed in addition to the Kondo peak. We ascribe the coexistence of a Kondo resonance and a superconducting gap to a significant density of intragap quasiparticle states, and the finite-bias subgap structures to tunneling through Shiba states. Our results, supported by numerical calculations, own relevance also in relation to tunnel-spectroscopy experiments aiming at the observation of Majorana fermions in hybrid nanostructures.
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2012-10-31
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Physical Review Letters
Acknowledgement
This work was supported by the EU Marie Curie program and by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. R. A. acknowledges support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through Grant No. FIS2009-08744
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109
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18
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Lee E, Jiang X, Aguado R, Katsaros G, Lieber C, De Franceschi S. Zero-bias anomaly in a nanowire quantum dot coupled to superconductors. Physical Review Letters. 2012;109(18). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.186802
Lee, E., Jiang, X., Aguado, R., Katsaros, G., Lieber, C., & De Franceschi, S. (2012). Zero-bias anomaly in a nanowire quantum dot coupled to superconductors. Physical Review Letters, 109(18). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.186802
Lee, Eduardo, Xiaocheng Jiang, Ramón Aguado, Georgios Katsaros, Charles Lieber, and Silvano De Franceschi. “Zero-Bias Anomaly in a Nanowire Quantum Dot Coupled to Superconductors.” Physical Review Letters 109, no. 18 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.186802.
E. Lee, X. Jiang, R. Aguado, G. Katsaros, C. Lieber, and S. De Franceschi, “Zero-bias anomaly in a nanowire quantum dot coupled to superconductors,” Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, no. 18, 2012.
Lee E, Jiang X, Aguado R, Katsaros G, Lieber C, De Franceschi S. 2012. Zero-bias anomaly in a nanowire quantum dot coupled to superconductors. Physical Review Letters. 109(18).
Lee, Eduardo, et al. “Zero-Bias Anomaly in a Nanowire Quantum Dot Coupled to Superconductors.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, no. 18, American Physical Society, 2012, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.186802.

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