Tunneling spectra simulation of interacting Majorana wires

Recent tunneling experiments on InSb hybrid superconductor-semiconductor devices have provided hope for a stabilization of Majorana edge modes in a spin-orbit quantum wire subject to a magnetic field and superconducting proximity effect. Connecting the experimental scenario with a microscopic description poses challenges of a different kind, such as accounting for the effect of interactions on the tunneling properties of the wire. We develop a density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) analysis of the tunneling spectra of interacting Majorana chains, which we explicate for the Kitaev chain model. Our DMRG approach allows us to calculate the spectral function down to zero frequency, where we analyze how the Majorana zero-bias peak is affected by interactions. For topological phase transitions between the topological and trivial superconducting phase in the Majorana wire, the bulk gap closure generically affects the proximity peaks and the Majorana peak.

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Physical Review B, 88, 16
College Pk, Amer Physical Soc

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