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Status Confirmed
Seminar Series TQM
Subjects math-ph
Date Thursday 9 June 2022
Time 14:00
Institute LPTHE
Seminar Room INSP Jussieu towers 22-23 room 3-17
Speaker's Last Name Meyer
Speaker's First Name Julia
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Speaker's Institution Université Grenoble Alpes
Title Topological properties of multi-terminal Josephson junctions
Abstract Topological phases of matter have been a subject of intense studies in recent years. In many instances, topological properties are encoded in the band structure and one has to find the right material or combination of materials in order to realize them. More recently, an alternative approach to finding and exploring topological states of matter has emerged: namely, one can “imitate” necessary physical ingredients by using other degrees of freedom. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions are of interest both as probes of the topological properties of the superconducting leads and as synthetic topological matter. Using the superconducting phases of the terminals in n-terminal Josephson junctions as variables, one may realize topological band structures in d=n-1 dimensions. In particular, we show that a 4-terminal junction may realize the analog of a 3-dimensional Weyl semimetal, whereas a 3-terminal junction may realize the analog of a 2-dimensional Chern insulator. Extending the analogy to more terminals opens the possibility of realizing topological phases in dimensions d>3, not accessible in real materials.
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