Topological superconductivity in an ultrathin, magnetically-doped topological insulator proximity coupled to a conventional superconductor

Youngseok Kim, Timothy M. Philip, Moon Jip Park, Matthew J. Gilbert

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Abstract

As a promising candidate system to realize topological superconductivity, the system of a 3D topological insulator (TI) grown on top of the s-wave superconductor has been extensively studied. To access the topological superconductivity experimentally, the 3D TI sample must be thin enough to allow for Cooper pair tunneling to the exposed surface of TI. The use of magnetically ordered dopants to break time-reversal symmetry may allow the surface of a TI to host Majorana fermion, which are believed to be a signature of topological superconductivity. In this work, we study a magnetically-doped thin film TI-superconductor hybrid system. Considering the proximity induced order parameter in thin film of TI, we analyze the gap closing points of the Hamiltonian and draw the phase diagram as a function of relevant parameters: the hybridization gap, Zeeman energy, and chemical potential of the TI system. Our findings provide a useful guide in choosing relevant parameters to facilitate the observation of topological superconductivity in thin film TI-superconductor hybrid systems. In addition, we further perform numerical analysis on a TI proximity coupled to an s-wave superconductor and find that, due to the spin-momentum locked nature of the surface states in TI, the induced s-wave order parameter of the surface states persists even at large magnitude of the Zeeman energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number235434
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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