Rubén Seoane Souto

Rubén Seoane Souto
Lund University | LU · Nanolund

Doctor of Philosophy
Researcher on quantum devices, mesoscopic superconductivity, and topological materials

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Introduction
During my career in Condensed Matter Physics, I have been concerned with key aspects of electronic and transport properties of quantum devices. The prime goal of my research is to deepen the understanding of electron correlations and topological properties of nanodevices, design experiments to probe exotic states of matter, and propose new applications.
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - November 2020
Lund University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
January 2014 - June 2018
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Field of study
  • Condensed matter

Publications

Publications (47)
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Subgap states are responsible for the low-bias transport features of hybrid superconducting-semiconducting devices. Here we analyze the local and nonlocal differential conductance of Coulomb-blockaded multiterminal superconducting islands that host subgap states with different spatial structures. The emerging patterns of their transport spectroscop...
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A Josephson diode is a nonreciprocal circuit element that supports a larger dissipationless supercurrent in one direction than in the other. In this Letter, we propose a class of Josephson diodes based on supercurrent interferometers composed of Andreev bound state Josephson junctions or interacting quantum dot Josephson junctions, which are not di...
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A Majorana box—two topological superconducting nanowires coupled via a trivial superconductor—is a building block in devices aiming to demonstrate non-Abelian physics, as well as for topological quantum computer architectures. We theoretically investigate charge transport through a Majorana box and show that current can be blocked when two Majorana...
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We propose and theoretically investigate an alternative way to create the poor man's Majorana bound states (MBSs) introduced in Phys. Rev. B 86, 134528 (2012). Our proposal is based on two quantum dots (QDs) with strong electron-electron interactions that couple via a central QD with proximity-induced superconductivity. In the presence of spin-orbi...
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Subgap states are responsible for the low-bias transport features of hybrid superconducting--semiconducting devices. Here, we analyze the local and nonlocal differential conductance of Coulomb-blockaded multiterminal superconducting islands that host subgap states with different spatial structures. The emerging patterns of their transport spectrosc...
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Hybrid structures of semiconducting (SM) nanowires, epitaxially grown superconductors (SC), and ferromagnetic-insulator (FI) layers have been explored experimentally and theoretically as alternative platforms for topological superconductivity at zero magnetic field. Here, we analyze a tripartite SM/FI/SC heterostructure but realized in a planar sta...
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We propose and theoretically investigate an alternative way to create the poor man's Majorana bound states (MBSs) introduced in Phys. Rev. B 86, 134528 (2012). Our proposal is based on two quantum dots (QDs) with strong electron-electron interactions that couple via a central QD with proximity-induced superconductivity. Gating the central QD provid...
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A Majorana box - two topological superconducting nanowires coupled via a trivial superconductor - is a building block in devices aiming to demonstrate nonabelian physics, as well as for topological quantum computer architectures. We theoretically investigate charge transport through a Majorana box and show that current can be blocked when two Major...
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A demonstration of the theoretically predicted non-abelian properties of Majorana bound states (MBSs) would constitute a definite proof of a topological superconducting phase. Alongside the nontrivial braiding statistics, the fusion rules are fundamental properties of all non-abelian anyons. In this work, we propose and theoretically analyze a way...
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A Josephson diode is a non-reciprocal circuit element that supports a larger dissipationless supercurrent in one direction than in the other. In this work, we propose and theoretically study a class of Josephson diodes based on supercurrent interferometers containing mesoscopic Josephson junctions, such as point contacts or quantum dots, which are...
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We report supercurrent transport measurements in hybrid Josephson junctions comprised of semiconducting InAs nanowires with epitaxial ferromagnetic insulator EuS and superconducting Al coatings. The wires display a hysteretic superconducting window close to the coercivity, away from zero external magnetic field. Using a multi-interferometer setup,...
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Hybrid structures of semiconducting (SM) nanowires, epitaxially grown superconductors (SC), and ferromagnetic-insulator (FI) layers have been explored experimentally and theoretically as alternative platforms for topological superconductivity at zero magnetic field. Here, we analyze a tripartite SM/FI/SC heterostructure but realized in a planar sta...
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We report Coulomb blockade transport studies of semiconducting InAs nanowires grown with epitaxial superconducting Al and ferromagnetic insulator EuS on overlapping facets. Comparing experiment to a theoretical model, we associate cotunneling features in even-odd bias spectra with spin-polarized Andreev levels. Results are consistent with zero-fiel...
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Demonstration of Majorana non-Abelian properties is a major challenge in the field of topological superconductivity. In this work, we propose a minimal device and protocol for testing non-Abelian properties using charge-transfer operations between a quantum dot and two Majorana bound states combined with reading the parity state using a second dot....
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Impurities coupled to superconductors offer a controlled platform to understand the interplay between superconductivity, many-body interactions, and nonequilibrium physics. In the equilibrium situation, local interactions at the impurity induce a transition from the spin-singlet to the spin-doublet ground state, resulting in a supercurrent sign rev...
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A demonstration of the theoretically predicted non-abelian properties of Majorana bound states (MBSs) would constitute definite proof of a topological superconducting phase. Alongside the nontrivial braiding statistics, the fusion rules are fundamental properties of all non-abelian anyons. In this work, we propose and theoretically analyze a way to...
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Josephson junctions have broad applications in metrology, quantum information processing, and remote sensing. For these applications, the electronic noise is a limiting factor. In this work we study the thermal noise in narrow Josephson junctions using a tight-binding Hamiltonian. For a junction longer than the superconducting coherence length, sev...
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Impurities coupled to superconductors offer a controlled platform to understand the interplay between superconductivity, many-body interactions, and non-equilibrium physics. In the equilibrium situation, local interactions at the impurity induce a transition between the spin-singlet to the spin-doublet ground state, resulting in a supercurrent sign...
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Demonstration of Majorana nonabelian exchange properties is a major challenge in the field which would show the existence of a new topological quasiparticle. In this work, we propose a minimal device and protocol for testing nonabelian exchange properties using charge-transfer operations between a quantum dot and two Majorana bound states. We use a...
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We report Coulomb blockade transport studies of InAs nanowires grown with epitaxial superconducting Al and ferromagnetic insulator EuS on overlapping facets. By comparing experimental results to a theoretical model, we associate cotunneling features in even-odd bias spectra with spin-polarized Andreev levels, indicating that spin splitting exceedin...
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Hybrid superconductor-semiconductor heterostructures are promising platforms for realizing topological superconductors and exploring Majorana bound state physics. Motivated by recent experimental progress, we theoretically study how magnetic insulators offer an alternative to the use of external magnetic fields for reaching the topological regime....
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Josephson junctions have broad applications in metrology, quantum information processing, and remote sensing. For these applications, the electronic noise is a limiting factor. In this work we study the thermal noise in narrow Josephson junctions using a tight-binding Hamiltonian. For a junction longer than the superconducting coherence length, sev...
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Hybrid superconductor-semiconductor heterostructures are promising platforms for realizing topological superconductors and exploring Majorana bound states physics. Motivated by recent experimental progress, we theoretically study how the introduction of magnetic insulators offers an alternative to external magnetic fields for reaching the topologic...
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Odd-frequency (odd−ω) electron pair correlations naturally appear at the interface between BCS superconductors and other materials. The detection of odd−ω pairs, which are necessarily nonlocal in time, is still an open problem. The main reason is that they do not contribute to static measurements described by time-local correlation functions. There...
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Odd frequency (odd-$\omega$) electron pair correlations naturally appear at the interface between BCS superconductors and other materials. The detection of odd-$\omega$ pairs, which are necessarily non-local in time, is still an open problem. The main reason is that they do not contribute to static measurements described by time-local correlation f...
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Effects of many-body interactions and superconducting correlations have become central questions in the quantum transport community. While most previous works investigating current fluctuations in nanodevices have been restricted to the stationary regime, Seoane's thesis extends these studies to the time domain. It provides relevant information abo...
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In this Rapid Communication we analyze the efficiency of operations based on transferring charge from a quantum dot (QD) to two coupled topological superconductors, which can be used for performing non-Abelian operations on Majorana bound states (MBSs). We develop a method which allows us to describe the full time evolution of the system as the QD...
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The analysis of the charge transferred statistics can provide a more detailed information about electron correlation and interaction effects than the mean current itself. This information can be obtained by measuring the probability of detecting the number of transferred charges in a given time interval. Most of the previous studies have been restr...
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This second part of the thesis is devoted to the time dynamics of superconducting nanojunctions. The transport through these devices is dominated by the Andreev reflection: an incoming electron is reflected back as a hole with opposite spin and momentum, leading to the transference of a Cooper pair. The multiple Andreev reflections at the interface...
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The research carried out in this thesis covers several areas in the field of electron quantum transport, paying especial attention to the transient regime. On the one hand, Chaps. 3– 5 are devoted to the analysis of quantum transport through nanojunctions coupled to normal metal electrodes. While Chap. 3 is focused on the non-interacting situation,...
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Charge and current fluctuations contain a more complete information about the system transport properties than the single particle observables themselves. In this section we use a full counting statistics (FCS) analysis to investigate the time evolution of a superconducting nanojunction. We show that the subgap states (ABSs) are formed at short tim...
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Many-body interactions play a central role in the quantum transport. While they have been extensively studied in the stationary regime, the time-dependent situation has remain rather unexplored. In this chapter we develop a novel algorithm to study the transport properties through interacting nanoscopic devices. The accuracy of the method, based on...
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The electron transport measurements have widely used to analyze the properties of nanoscale devices. This thesis is devoted to the understanding of the effect of many-body interactions and superconducting correlations. In order to better understand the transport mechanisms through a nanodevice we make use of the full counting statistics (FCS) analy...
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In this chapter the main theoretical tools and models used along the thesis are introduced. We will focus first on the non-interacting situation, providing a brief overview about the non-equilibrium Green function formalism. We will also discuss the minimal models including electron-electron, electron-phonon interaction and superconducting correlat...
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The charge and current fluctuations provide an essential information to understand the transport phenomenon through the system. On the other hand, the transient response of the physical observables contain information about the characteristic system time scales, which can be important to fabricate devices operating at high frequency or for designin...
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Superconductor-ferromagnetic heterostructures have been suggested as one of the most promising alternatives of realizing odd-frequency superconductivity. In this work we consider the limit of shrinking the ferromagnetic region to the limit of a single impurity embedded in a conventional superconductor, which gives raise to localized Yu-Shiba-Rusino...
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In this article we analyze the efficiency of operations based on transferring charge from a quantum dot (QD) to two coupled topological superconductors, which can be used for performing nonabelian operations on Majorana bound states (MBSs). We develop a method which allows us to describe the full time-evolution of the system as the QD energy is man...
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We investigate on the same footing the time-dependent electronic transport properties and vibrational dynamics of a molecular junction. We show that fluctuations of both the molecular vibron displacement and the electronic current across the junction undergo damped oscillations toward the steady state. We assign the former to the onset of electron...
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We investigate on the same footing the time-dependent electronic transport properties and vibrational dynamics of a molecular junction. We show that fluctuations of both the molecular vibron displacement and the electronic current across the junction undergo damped oscillations towards the steady-state. We assign the former to the onset of electron...
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We present an analysis of the transient electronic and transport properties of a nanojunction in the presence of electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions. We introduce a novel numerical approach which allows for an efficient evaluation of the non-equilibrium Green functions in the time domain. Within this approach we implement different s...
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We study the charge transfer dynamics following the formation of a phase or voltage biased su- perconducting nano-junction using a full counting statistics analysis. We demonstrate that the evolution of the zeros of the generating function allows one to identify the population of different many body states much in the same way as the accumulation o...
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We analyze the quantum quench dynamics in the formation of a phase-biased superconducting nanojunction. We find that in the absence of an external relaxation mechanism and for very general conditions the system gets trapped in a metastable state, corresponding to a non-equilibrium population of the Andreev bound states. The use of the time-dependen...
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We analyze the time-dependent full-counting statistics of charges transmitted through a quantum dot in the coherent regime. The generating function for the time-dependent charge transfer statistics is evaluated numerically by discretizing the Keldysh time contour, which allows us to compute the higher order charge and current cumulants. We also dev...
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We develop a theoretical approach to study the transient dynamics and the time-dependent statistics for the Anderson-Holstein model in the regime of strong electron-phonon coupling. For this purpose we adapt a recently introduced diagrammatic approach to the time domain. The generating function for the time-dependent charge transfer probabilities i...
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A theoretical approach for the non-equilibrium transport properties of nanoscale systems coupled to metallic electrodes with strong electron-phonon interactions is presented. It consists in a resummation of the dominant Feynman diagrams from the perturbative expansion in the coupling to the leads. We show that this scheme eliminates the main pathol...
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In this work, a new theoretical approach to study the non-equilibrium transport properties of nanoscale systems coupled to metallic electrodes with strong electron-phonon interactions is presented. The proposed approach consists in a resummation of the dominant Feynman diagrams from the exact preturbative expansion. This scheme is compared with met...

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Understanding the electronic transport properties of molecular junctions in the transient (ultra-fast) regime. We aim at understanding the role of interactions and initial conditions in the way to reach the stationary regime.