Electronic structure of a half vortex

Masahiko Machida, Tomio Koyama, Masaru Kato, Takekazu Ishida

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Half vortices spontaneously emerge in corners of d-wave superconductor dot embedded in s-wave superconducting matrix due to the phase interference between superconducting order parameters with different symmetries. Since these half vortices are robust to external perturbations, high potentialities toward novel device applications are expected. In order to clarify quantum features of these half vortices we perform numerical calculations for the electronic structure of d-wave superconductor dot embedded in s-wave superconducting matrix. Consequently, we find that discrete levels appear inside the superconducting gap of the s-wave superconducting matrix due to the coupling between the core states of half vortices and the localized quantized states inside d-dot. These isolated levels may be favorable for the realization of qubits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-371
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberSPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Core states
  • Half quantized vortex
  • Qubit
  • d-Wave superconductor dot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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