Coupling and braiding Majorana bound states in networks defined in proximate two-dimensional electron gases
AbstractTwo-dimensional electron gases with strong spin-orbit coupling covered by a superconducting layer offer a flexible and potentially scalable platform for Majorana networks. We predict Majorana bound states (MBSs) to appear for experimentally achievable parameters and realistic gate potentials in two designs: either underneath a narrow stripe of a superconducting layer (S stripes) or where a narrow stripe has been removed from a uniform layer (N stripes). The coupling of the MBSs can be tuned for both types in a wide range (<1neV to >10μeV) using gates placed adjacent to the stripes. For both types, we numerically compute the local density of states for two parallel Majorana-stripe ends as well as Majorana trijunctions formed in a tuning-fork geometry. The MBS coupling between parallel Majorana stripes can be suppressed below 1 neV for potential barriers in the meV range for separations of about 200 nm. We further show that the MBS couplings in a trijunction can be gate controlled in a range similar to the intrastripe coupling while maintaining a sizable gap to the excited states (tens of μeV). Altogether, this suggests that braiding can carried out on a time scale of 10–100 ns.