Spatially dispersing Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states in the unconventional superconductor FeTe0.55Se0.45

Damianos Chatzopoulos, Doohee Cho, Koen M. Bastiaans, Gorm O. Steffensen, Damian Bouwmeester, Alireza Akbari, Genda Gu, Jens Paaske, Brian M. Andersen, Milan P. Allan

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By using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) we find and characterize dispersive, energy-symmetric in-gap states in the iron-based superconductor FeTe0.55Se0.45, a material that exhibits signatures of topological superconductivity, and Majorana bound states at vortex cores or at impurity locations. We use a superconducting STM tip for enhanced energy resolution, which enables us to show that impurity states can be tuned through the Fermi level with varying tip-sample distance. We find that the impurity state is of the Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) type, and argue that the energy shift is caused by the low superfluid density in FeTe0.55Se0.45, which allows the electric field of the tip to slightly penetrate the sample. We model the newly introduced tip-gating scenario within the single-impurity Anderson model and find good agreement to the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number298
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
We acknowledge J. de Bruijckere, J.F. Ge, M.H. Fischer, P.J. Hirschfeld, D.K. Morr, P. Simon, J. Zaanen, and H.S.J. van der Zant for fruitful discussions. This work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC StG SpinMelt) and by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO/OCW), as part of the Frontiers of Nanoscience programme, as well as through a Vidi grant (680-47-536). G.G. is supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, US Department of Energy (DOE) under contract number de-sc0012704. B.M.A. acknowledges support from the Independent Research Fund Denmark grant number DFF-8021- 00047B. The Center for Quantum Devices is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. D. Cho was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2020R1C1C1007895 and 2017R1A5A1014862) and the Yonsei University Research Fund of 2019-22-0209. A.A. acknowledges the support of the Max Planck-POSTECH-Hsinchu Center for Complex Phase Materials, and financial support from the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science of Korea (Grant No. 2016K1A4A01922028).

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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