IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Friday June 19, 2020 11:00 AM

Time-reversal-invariant topological superconductors and the fractional Josephson effect

Speaker: Christina Knapp
Location: Online Event

Abstract: Time-reversal-invariant topological superconductor (TRITOPS) wires host Majorana-zero-mode Kramers pairs that have been predicted to mediate a fractional Josephson effect. We explore the fate of the TRITOPS fractional Josephson effect in the presence of local time-dependent perturbations that instantaneously preserve time-reversal symmetry. This talk will review why Majorana zero modes have attracted intense interest in both the condensed matter and quantum computing communities. We will then focus on the Majorana-zero-mode Kramers pairs appearing in TRITOPS wires. We consider a Josephson junction between two TRITOPS wires and demonstrate that the existence of a symmetry-protected ground state degeneracy does not result in a robust adiabatic cycle.

Attend the talk at: https://caltech.zoom.us/j/97280252054

Talks will also be posted on IQIM's YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5TeDDv2O31r8B47iEUEgNQ

Series IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar Series

Contact: Marcia Brown at 626-395-4013 marciab@caltech.edu