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électronique et photonique quantiques
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Seminar, 9th January 2017 (13h30 L363-365)

Raphaëlle Delagrange — -Department of Physics, University of Basel
Josephson effect in a carbon nanotube : 0-π transitions and high frequency emission

Josephson effect quantum dots contains a very rich Physics thanks to the interplay between the superconducting correlations, Coulomb blockade and the Kondo effect. In addition, a quantum dot made of a clean carbon nanotube behaves as a single-level or a two-level quantum dot, depending on how much its orbital degeneracy is broken. This has dramatic consequences on the supercurrent since the presence of an alternative path for Cooper pairs can modify the sign of the contribution of the cotunneling processes to the current, and thus induce unusual 0-π transitions.
In this work, we have measured the current-phase relation in both single and two-level regimes. In the single-level regime, we show that the 0-π transition, governed by the competition between the Kondo effect and superconductivity, happens through composite states 0’ and π’ where the state of the system is controlled by the superconducting phase. These features are typical of a first order quantum phase transition from a singlet to a doublet, originating from a level-crossing. In the two-level regime, the measurement of the current-phase relation puts forward the different nature of some transitions, those between a doublet 0 and a doublet π, which are not associated to a change of magnetic state. Then, the critical current vanishes at the transition and there is no composite state : this is not anymore a first-order transition.
To go deeper into understanding the Kondo/supra competition, we measured as well the AC Josephson signal emitted by a carbon nanotube in the Kondo regime, by coupling it to an high frequency on-chip detector. The aim of this experiment is to provide insights into the interplay between the Kondo effect and superconductivity when the superconducting phase undergoes high frequency dynamics. We show that, strikingly, when the DC supercurrent is enhanced by the cooperation between both effects, the AC Josephson emission is not necessary enhanced as well.

[1] Delagrange, R., Luitz, D. J., Weil, R., Kasumov, A., Meden, V., Bouchiat, H., & Deblock, R. Manipulating the magnetic state of a carbon nanotube Josephson junction using the superconducting phase. Phys. Rev. B 91, 241401(R) (2015)

[2] Delagrange, R.,Weil, R., Kasumov, A., Ferrier, M., Bouchiat, H., & Deblock, R. 0-π quantum transition in a carbon nanotube Josephson junction : Universal phase dependence and orbital degeneracy. Phys. Rev. B 93, 195437 (2016)