Majorana fermions are the particles associated to the real representation (hence the real solution) of the Dirac equation, as established by the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana in the late 30's. By extension, a Majorana fermion will be any particle (emergent or fundamental) having the property to ...

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Which symmetric pure qudit states can be reached within local operations?

There are two pure symmetric states $|\psi\rangle$ and $|\phi\rangle$ of $n$ qudits. Is there any known set of invariants $\{I_i:i\in\{1,\ldots,k\}\}$ which is equal for both states iff ...
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Basic questions in Majorana fermions

Why any fermion can be written as a combination of two Majorana fermions? Is there any physical meaning in it? Why Majorana fermion can be used for topological quantum computation?
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Is there a Majorana-like representation for singlet states?

I mean the Majorana representation of symmetric states, i.e., states of $n$ qubits invariant under a permutation of the qudits. See, for example, D. Markham, "Entanglement and symmetry in permutation ...
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What is a $p_x + i p_y$ superconductor? Relation to topological superconductors

I often read about s-wave and p-wave superconductors. In particular a $p_x + i p_y$ superconductor - often mentioned in combination with topological superconductors. I understand that the overall ...
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Majorana particles statistics

What is the influence of Hermitian condition ($\psi=\psi^{\dagger}$) of Majorana fermions operators in their statistical behavior? A Majorana fermion gas must obey the Fermi-Dirac statistics, or ...
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Question about Majorana fermions

I have a few questions about Majorana fermions. What is Majorana mass? Does it have a different value compared to the mass in the Dirac equation for an arbitrary fermion? How exactly do they differ? ...
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What is the most natural new physics one can expect at the TeV scale: new (supersymmetric)particles or some new (non-commutative) spacetime structure?

Up to now, nothing else than one Standard Model (SM) Higgs boson-like resonance has been found at the LHC while many predictions based on effective theories using supersymmetry require several Higgs ...
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Why aren't purely Dirac neutrinos ruled out?

It is common knowledge that in neutrinos can be Dirac particles without any Majorana masses as given a mass matrix, \begin{equation} \left( \begin{array}{cc}\nu _L & \nu _R \end{array} \right) ...
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Why is the majorana particle a fermion?

My knowledge of quantum mechanics is rather limited, but what I always understood was that Bosons have integer spins and Fermions have half-integer spins. My question is very simple: the Majorana ...
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Double decay $\beta\beta$ observation and neutrino mass

If the double decay $\beta\beta$ will be detected this means the neutrino is a Majorana particle coincident with its antiparticle. At the moment the half life of this decay is put to ...
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How are topological invariants constructed?

I've seen several different definitions for what are called topological invariants, for instance in the context of Majorana unpaired modes, by Kitaev: http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0010440 ...
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Are there topological non-trivial states in zero dimension?

The periodic table of topological insulators and superconductors suggests that there can be topological non-trivial phases in zero dimension in non-interacting system with certain symmetries. A 0D ...
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Topology and Majorana bound states

I'm working at the moment on Majorana Bound states and their topological properties. Now I have a question about it. The Altland-Zirnbauer symmetry classes says us how many topological different ...
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Majorana Mass For Neutrinos In Standard Model

Neutrinos can't be given Dirac masses because there is no $SU(2)_L$ singlet right handed neutrinos in the standard model. But can neutrinos be given Majorana masses in the standard model? EDIT: Why ...
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Majorana mass vs Dirac Mass

Why is it said that the Dirac mass term conserves the fermion number but the Majorana mass term does not? Can someone explain this mathematically? Which breakdown of symmetry is responsible for ...
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How to cancel infinite mass corrections for quantities without counterterms?

I'm trying to understand how infinite mass corrections are cancelled for a particle that is massless at tree level. In short the problem is that we have infinite diagrams, but we don't have a ...
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What sorts of complications do massive neutrinos bring to the Standard Model?

Naively, I'd just think of considering them as any other massive fermions (but without electric charge), including the appropriate chiralities (and neutrino-higgs coupling when necessary). ...
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Parity of the ground state of a Majorana chain

I work on the Kitaev toy model for Majorana fermions. He writes that in Majorana basis the Hamiltonian becomes in general $$ H = \frac{i}{4} \sum_{l,m} A_{l,m}\gamma_{l}\gamma_{m} $$ where $\gamma$ ...
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Is $\overline{\psi_{L}^{c}}\psi_{R}^{c}=\overline{\psi_{R}}\psi_{L}$ true for two different spin 1/2 fermions?

In the context of seesaw mechanism or Dirac and Majorana mass terms, one often see the following identity $$ \overline{\psi_{L}^{c}}\psi_{R}^{c}=\overline{\psi_{R}}\psi_{L}. $$ Here, I am using 4 ...
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What makes a superconductor topological?

I have read a fair bit about topological insulators and proximity induced Majorana bound states when placing a superconductor in proximity to a topological insulator. I've also read a bit about ...
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What is the importance of the Fermi energy $E_F$ or the chem. potential $\mu$ for topological superconductors

A lot of effort is put into shifting the Fermi energy of a topological insulator to exactly zero which then provides some advantages when this TI is coupled with a superconductor. I don't understand ...
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braiding bosons or fermions around majorana fermion

Majorana fermions are described by their topological charge. My question is whether we can see the topological charge of Majorana fermions by braiding a boson or a fermion around it ? Is the only ...
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Are majorana masses technically natural?

I understand that Dirac masses for fermions are "technically natural" (in the 't Hooft sense of technical naturalness) because they break chiral symmetry. In limit where the Dirac mass goes to zero, ...
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How is a Majorana fermion created when a s-wave superconductors is in proximity to a topological insulator (e.g. via an antidot)

Kane and Fu proposed a few geometries how to create Majorana zero modes using a s-wave superconductor in proximity to a 3D topological insulator (TI). -> ...
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Why do the $1/2$ factor appear in the Majorana mass Lagrangian?

In case of Dirac neutrino there is no $1/2$ factor in the mass Lagrangian but for Majorana type neutrino there is a half factor in the mass Lagrangian.
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Majorana wavefunction

I'm trying to compute the wavefunction for a Majorana state in an nanowire/superconductor hybrid system, like arXiv: Majorana Fermions and a Topological Phase Transition in ...
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What is an anapolar moment?

I just read this: Anapolar Dark Matter I'm not sure i've heard the term 'anapolar' before, so i google and i found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toroidal_moment This confuses me, my ...
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About the $Z_2$ topological invariant

In Kitaev 2001 it is shown that the topological invariant $Z_2$ in a topological superconductor (Class D or BDI, one dimensional) can be defined as $$ (-1)^\nu={\rm sign\, Pf} [ A ]={\rm sign\, Pf}[ ...
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Is the conjectured noncommutative heavy scalar “brother” of the already detected Higgs boson is a pseudo scalar?

This is a technical (may be trivial?) question about this sigma scalar field advertised by Chamseddine and Connes to improve the electroweak vacuum stability involved by the weak mass of the already ...
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Neutrino mass with Dirac and Majorana

Why both Dirac mass and Majorana mass terms are needed to explain the mass of a neutrino?
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How the Vortex containing majorana bound state is non-abelian statistics

Recently,I read some papers about non-abelian statistics of majorana fermion, such as: Majorana Returns F. Wilczek http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n9/full/nphys1380.html and Non-Abelian ...
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Seesaw type-1 and integrating out heavy fields

Let's assume seesaw 1 type of generation of left neutrino Majorana mass: $$ L_{m} = -G_{ij}\begin{pmatrix} \bar{\nu}_{L}& \bar{l}_{L}\end{pmatrix}^{i}i\sigma_{2}\begin{pmatrix}\varphi_{1}^{*} \\ ...
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Vortices and chemical potential in topological superconductors

I am trying to read up some review articles about Majorana physics in topological material, but I am not really familiar with the condensed matter terminology (with condensed matter in general I ...
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Pedagogical introduction to vertex, domain wall, and kink

Recently, Majorana fermion becomes hot in condensed matter physics. The concepts: vertex, domain wall, and kink often appear in these articles about Majorana fermion. I have no idea about the ...
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Is the right-handed antineutrino the CPT conjugate of the left-handed neutrino?

I am working from the book Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics by Mohapatra and Pal (which is available here). On page 66, the authors claim that $\psi_{L}$ is the $\mathcal{CPT}$ conjugate ...
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Axiom approach for majorana fermions

This is the usual way of introducing majorana operators. First we have $N$ fermionic modes. The corresponding operators satisfy the commutation relations $$ \{c_i, c_j \}= \{c_i^\dagger, c_j^\dagger ...
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Why Majorana phases cannot be removed?

Why is the extra two Majorana phases in the PMNS matrix cannot be removed if neutrinos are Majorana fermions? Or in other words, why are the Majorana phases cannot be absorbed into the redefinition of ...
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Definition of 'Majorana Number' in the Kitaev Chain

I have some questions about the Kitaev toy model for Majorana fermions (arXiv:cond-mat/0010440). First of all, his proof for the definition of the 'Majorana number' is not so clear to me. $$P(H(L_{1} ...
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Interpretation of Majorana's wave function

Given the BdG Hamiltonian of a 1D p-wave superconductor we can obtain the zero-energy excitation solution as Eq. 16.24 from Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors (Bernevig & ...
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Can one define wavefunction for Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitation in a superconductor?

Wavefunction is essentially a single particle concept. It is easily extended to multiparticle system as follows- if one has say five electrons the wavefunction of this five electron state is any ...
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Mass scales in See-saw mechenism

Are both types of Majorana masses $$\mathcal{L}^L_M=-\frac{m_L}{2}[\overline{(\psi_L)^c}\psi_L + \overline{\psi_L}(\psi_L)^c]$$ and $$\mathcal{L}^R_M=-\frac{m_R}{2}[\overline{(\psi_R)^c}\psi_R + ...
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Determining spectra of edge states numerically

Normally we write a Bloch Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk and determine the spectrum which gives us various bands i.e we basically obtain $E=E(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk only. Also in the ...
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How is this a condition for a Majorana zero mode?

EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out. When you apply the expression on a state, you can clearly see what it does: The new state created by applying the Majorana operators must have the same energy as the ...
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When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles were called Majorana fermions?

Since a number of years, the field of superconductivity has a growing obsession with Majorana fermions. I wonder how far back we can go: When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles ...
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About recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors

I have a couple of question about the recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors. Which are the main differences between the experimental signatures of ...
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Majorana equation in two forms

Let's have two forms of Majorana equation. First form (standart or spinor representations of gamma-matrices). $$ i\gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu}\Psi - m\Psi = 0, \quad \Psi = \Psi_{c} = \hat {C} \bar ...
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Non-vanishing commutator of potential and mass matrices for Majorana fermions interaction theory

Consider 2 different Majorana fermions $\Psi_{L}, \Psi_{R}$ (physically, neutrinos). In general case I can write the massive part of lagrangian of these fermions in the form $$ L_{m} = (\bar ...
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Is a single particle transition allowed between two superconductors having Majorana modes?

Sorry maybe I ask a very naive and stupid question. The motivation to ask it is as follows: I am considering the parity protection of Majorana qubit based on Kitaev's 1D model. As we know, in the ...
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Majorana fermions in s wave superconductor

I need some help to understand the majorana fermions in $s-$ wave superconductor and to check whether following method is correct For $s-$ wave superconductor we can write the Hamiltonian as ...
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Unpaired Majoranas in the Kitaev chain

How can we see unpaired Majoranas for a Kitaev chain in topological non-trivial phase? By looking at the equation below (obtained by making ...