Weyl superconductor phases in a Weyl-semimetal/superconductor multilayer

Ryota Nakai, Kentaro Nomura

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Topologically nontrivial superconducting phases have been engineered in topological materials by the proximity effect in contact with conventional superconductors. In this paper, by using the method of the Kronig-Penney model, we study the superconducting proximity effect in the bulk electronic states of Weyl semimetals by considering a multilayer structure consisting of Weyl-semimetal and superconductor layers. Due to the proximity effect, two Weyl nodes are decoupled into four nodes of Majorana fermions resulting in Weyl-superconductor phases or a three-dimensional extension of topological-superconductor phases. We find that mismatch of the Fermi velocity and potential barriers at the interface gap out Majorana nodes thus turning Weyl-superconductor phases with four Majorana nodes into Weyl-superconductor phases with half of the Majorana nodes and topological-superconductor phases with odd integer Chern numbers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094510
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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