Andreev molecules in semiconductor nanowire double quantum dots

Z. Su, A.B. Tacla, M. Hocevar, D. Car, S.R. Plissard, E.P.A.M. Bakkers, A.J. Daley, D. Pekker, S.M. Frolov

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Abstract

Chains of quantum dots coupled to superconductors are promising for the realization of the Kitaev model of a topological superconductor. While individual superconducting quantum dots have been explored, control of longer chains requires understanding of interdot coupling. Here, double quantum dots are defined by gate voltages in indium antimonide nanowires. High transparency superconducting niobium titanium nitride contacts are made to each of the dots in order to induce superconductivity, as well as probe electron transport. Andreev bound states induced on each of dots hybridize to define Andreev molecular states. The evolution of these states is studied as a function of charge parity on the dots, and in magnetic field. The experiments are found in agreement with a numerical model.Quantum dots in a nanowire are one possible approach to creating a solid-state quantum simulator. Here, the authors demonstrate the coupling of electronic states in a double quantum dot to form Andreev molecule states; a potential building block for longer chains suitable for quantum simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number585
Number of pages6
JournalNature Communications
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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    Su, Z., Tacla, A. B., Hocevar, M., Car, D., Plissard, S. R., Bakkers, E. P. A. M., Daley, A. J., Pekker, D., & Frolov, S. M. (2017). Andreev molecules in semiconductor nanowire double quantum dots. Nature Communications, 8(1), [585]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-00665-7