Effective model for Majorana modes in graphene


It was recently proposed that the interface between a graphene nanoribbon in the canted antiferromagnetic quantum Hall state and a s-wave superconductor may present topological superconductivity, resulting in the appearance of Majorana zero modes [San-Jose et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041042 (2015)]. However, a description of the low-energy physics in terms of experimentally controllable parameters was still missing. Starting from a mean-field continuum model for graphene in proximity to a superconductor, we derive the low-energy effective Hamiltonian describing the interface of this heterojunction from first principles. A comparison between tight-binding simulations and analytical calculations with effective masses suggests that normal reflections at the interface must be considered in order to fully describe the low-energy physics.

Physical Review B