Exact Nonequilibrium Transport in the Topological Kondo Effect

Exact Nonequilibrium Transport in the Topological Kondo Effect A leading candidate for the experimental confirmation of the nonlocal quantum dynamics of Majorana fermions is the topological Kondo effect, predicted for mesoscopic superconducting islands connected to metallic leads. We identify an anisotropic, Toulouse-like, limit of the topological Kondo problem where the full nonequilibrium conductance and shot noise can be calculated exactly. Near the Kondo fixed point, we find novel asymptotic features including a universal conductance scaling function and fractional charge quantization observable via the Fano factor. In the universal regime, our results apply for generic anisotropy and even away from the Kondo limit as long as the system supports an emergent topological Kondo fixed point. Our approach thus provides key new qualitative insights and exact expressions for quantitative comparisons to future experimental data. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review Letters American Physical Society (APS)

Exact Nonequilibrium Transport in the Topological Kondo Effect

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Exact Nonequilibrium Transport in the Topological Kondo Effect

Abstract

A leading candidate for the experimental confirmation of the nonlocal quantum dynamics of Majorana fermions is the topological Kondo effect, predicted for mesoscopic superconducting islands connected to metallic leads. We identify an anisotropic, Toulouse-like, limit of the topological Kondo problem where the full nonequilibrium conductance and shot noise can be calculated exactly. Near the Kondo fixed point, we find novel asymptotic features including a universal conductance scaling function and fractional charge quantization observable via the Fano factor. In the universal regime, our results apply for generic anisotropy and even away from the Kondo limit as long as the system supports an emergent topological Kondo fixed point. Our approach thus provides key new qualitative insights and exact expressions for quantitative comparisons to future experimental data.
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The American Physical Society
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Copyright © © 2017 American Physical Society
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0031-9007
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1079-7114
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10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.027701
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Abstract

A leading candidate for the experimental confirmation of the nonlocal quantum dynamics of Majorana fermions is the topological Kondo effect, predicted for mesoscopic superconducting islands connected to metallic leads. We identify an anisotropic, Toulouse-like, limit of the topological Kondo problem where the full nonequilibrium conductance and shot noise can be calculated exactly. Near the Kondo fixed point, we find novel asymptotic features including a universal conductance scaling function and fractional charge quantization observable via the Fano factor. In the universal regime, our results apply for generic anisotropy and even away from the Kondo limit as long as the system supports an emergent topological Kondo fixed point. Our approach thus provides key new qualitative insights and exact expressions for quantitative comparisons to future experimental data.

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Physical Review LettersAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Jul 14, 2017

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