Jens Wiebe Academic Affiliation: University of Hamburg Lecture: From Superconductivity to Topological Superconductivity This lecture is intended for Master and PhD students as
Academic Affiliation: University of Hamburg
Lecture: From Superconductivity to Topological Superconductivity
This lecture is intended for Master and PhD students as well as young Postdocs. After a short historical review of the discoveries of materials which are conventional and unconventional superconductors, I will give an introduction to Cooper pairing and the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer (BCS) theory, the microscopic theory for the description of conventional superconductivity. Then, I will describe the quasiparticle excitation spectrum of such a superconductor and explain how it can be experimentally measured using scanning tunnel spectroscopy, both with normal-metal and superconducting tips. Subsequently, I will talk about the effects of magnetic fields and single magnetic impurities on a superconducting substrate, where the latter leads to the so-called Yu-ShibaRusinov bound states. Finally, I will explain different strategies to tailor a topological superconductor, including the spin chain platform where bands formed by the hybridization of Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states in chains of magnetic atoms in contact to a superconducting surface can host Majorana bound states.
C. Enss and S. Hunklinger, Low Temperature Physics (Springer 2005)
R. Gross and A. Marx, Festkörperphysik (De Gruyter 2014): unfortunately only in german so far…
Several original publications
(Wednesday) 10:30 am - 11:30 am